North Sea Brent Crude

AAA

DEFINITION of 'North Sea Brent Crude'

A type of oil that is sourced from the North Sea. This type of oil is used as a benchmark to price European, African and Middle Eastern oil that is exported to the West.

BREAKING DOWN 'North Sea Brent Crude'

North Sea brent crude was discovered in the early 1960s. It is now sourced primarily by the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. Brent crude oil is not as light or as sweet as its counterpart, West Texas Intermediate oil.

RELATED TERMS
  1. International Petroleum Exchange ...

    A London-based futures and option exchange, dealing predominantly ...
  2. Decline Curve

    A method for estimating reserves and predicting production in ...
  3. Brent Blend

    A type of sweet crude oil that is used as a benchmark for the ...
  4. West Texas Intermediate - WTI

    Light, sweet crude oil commonly referred to as "oil" in the Western ...
  5. Sweet Crude

    A type of oil that meets certain content requirements, including ...
  6. Sour Crude

    The name given to barrels of crude oil that do not meet certain ...
Related Articles
  1. Home & Auto

    Getting A Grip On The Cost Of Gas

    Feeling overwhelmed by rising oil prices? We offer some tips that will save you money.
  2. Active Trading

    Commodities: The Portfolio Hedge

    These diverse asset classes can provide downside protection and upside potential. Find out how to use them.
  3. Options & Futures

    Fueling Futures In The Energy Market

    The energy market influences every aspect of our lives, and these four options are its driving force.
  4. Economics

    Is a Recession Coming?

    In the space of a week, the VIX Index, a measure of market volatility, spiked from 13, suggesting extreme complacency, to over 50, evidencing total panic.
  5. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETF Analysis: United States Brent Oil Fund

    Learn more about the United States Brent Oil exchange-traded fund, the characteristics of the fund and the suitability and recommendations of it.
  6. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETF Analysis: ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil

    Find out more about the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF, the characteristics of UCO and the suitability and recommendations of UCO for investors.
  7. Investing News

    September Starts With 8% Drop in Oil Prices

    Oil started September with a steep decline of more than 8% amid recent reports from China pertaining to their weak manufacturing data
  8. Investing Basics

    Tuesday Intel: U.S. Stocks Continue Lower

    A summary of news that moved markets yesterday and what to expect today.
  9. Savings

    Do Natural Gas Prices Always Follow Oil Trends?

    Prices for oil and natural gas are highly correlated. But investors should be aware of different factors affecting the prices of these commodities.
  10. Investing

    Should U.S. Producers Shut Down While Oil Is out of the Money?

    Should oil producers simply stop producing and wait for oil prices to recover? It may make sense for some producers to shut down in a $40 per barrel oil price environment.
RELATED FAQS
  1. Do all oil companies received the quoted price of West Texas Intermediate for their ...

    The quoted, or spot, price of West Texas Intermediate, or WTI, crude oil is just one of several benchmark oil prices. The ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What is the difference between Brent Crude and West Texas Intermediate?

    The major difference between Brent Crude and West Texas Intermediate is that Brent Crude originates from oil fields in the ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What economic indicators are especially important to oil traders?

    Economic indicators are used by traders and investors in an attempt to understand the underlying fundamentals of the market. ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What is the difference between forward and futures contracts?

    Fundamentally, forward and futures contracts have the same function: both types of contracts allow people to buy or sell ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How do futures contracts roll over?

    Traders roll over futures contracts to switch from the front month contract that is close to expiration to another contract ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Why do companies enter into futures contracts?

    Different types of companies may enter into futures contracts for different purposes. The most common reason is to hedge ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Financial Crisis

    A situation in which the value of financial institutions or assets drops rapidly. A financial crisis is often associated ...
  2. Election Period

    The period of time during which an investor who owns an extendable or retractable bond must indicate to the issuer whether ...
  3. Shanghai Stock Exchange

    The largest stock exchange in mainland China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange is a nonprofit organization run by the China Securities ...
  4. Dead Cat Bounce

    A temporary recovery from a prolonged decline or bear market, followed by the continuation of the downtrend. A dead cat bounce ...
  5. Bear Market

    A market condition in which the prices of securities are falling, and widespread pessimism causes the negative sentiment ...
  6. Alligator Spread

    An unprofitable spread that occurs as a result of large commissions charged on the transaction, regardless of favorable market ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!