Rig counts rise!

Baker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 5 to 453 rigs

Baker Hughes (BKR) reports that the U.S. rig count is up 5 from last week to 453 with oil rigs up 8 to 352, gas rigs down 3 to 100, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 1.

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The U.S. Rig Count is up 114 rigs from last year’s count of 339, with oil rigs up 94 gas rigs up 21 and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1.

The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is up 2 to 15, up 3 year-over-year.

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The Canada Rig Count is up 4 from last week to 59, with oil rigs up 3 to 25, gas rigs up 1 to 34.

The Canada Rig Count is up 36 rigs from last year’s count of 23, with oil rigs up 18, gas rigs up 18.

The Baker Hughes rig counts are counts of the number of drilling rigs actively exploring for or developing oil or natural gas in the U.S., Canada and international markets.

The Company has issued the rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944, when Hughes Tool Company began weekly counts of the U.S. and Canadian drilling activity. The monthly international rig count was initiated in 1975.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) is up $1.45 to $65.26 per barrel. Brent crude is up $1.54 to $68.60 per barrel. Gasoline last traded at $2.12 per gallon up 3 cents.

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