Brent Crude is a major trading classification of crude oil that serves as a major benchmark price for purchases of oil worldwide. It is sourced from the North Sea and is used to price two thirds of the world's internationally traded crude oil supplies. It is quoted in U.S. Dollars per barrel and an international lot size consists of 1000 barrels. It should also be noted that it has massively outperformed its WTI counterpart in recent years, giving investors yet another reason to look into this commodity.
The name “Brent” stems from a shared project between Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell who named all of their oil deposits after birds, including the Brent goose. Some consider it as an acronym for the differing layers of an oil field: Broom, Rannoch, Etieve, Ness, and Tarbat. Brent oil is considered a more sour commodity than WTI, though both crudes are considered sweet oils. This is generally based on the sulfur content of the underlying fuel with 0.5% being a key benchmark. When oil has a total sulfur level greater than half a percent, then it is considered sour, while a content less than 0.5% indicates that an oil is ‘sweet’. Brent has a sulfur level of around 0.37%.
UK Brent can be traded on our platform on the following times
02:00 am to 11:00 pm (Central European Time) Monday to Friday.
12:00 am to 09:00 pm (GMT) Monday to Friday.
UK Brent Oil quoted in U.S. Dollars