# Crude posts new high as analysts eye $200/bbl West Texas Intermediate (WTI) closed up$1.87, or 1.6% from the previous record close of $119.97 posted Monday. WTI futures are nearly 100% higher than they were a year ago. Brent crude oil for June settlement rose$2.32 or 2% to close at a record $120.31 a barrel on London's ICE Futures Europe exchange, having touched an intraday high of$120.99/bbl.

A number of issues across the complex are being cited as factors contributing to crude’s record run, such as consistently high demand from