SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Crude-oil futures reached a new record high Tuesday as continued concerns over the balance of supply and demand and a forecast of $150 by the year's end from Texas oil man T. Boone Pickens helped to extend a winning streak in prices that have already climbed almost 3% in two sessions.
Crude for June delivery climbed as high as $129.45 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was last up $2.10 at $129.15. Prices reached an all-time high of $129.58 in electronic trading.
The June crude contract expires at the end of trading Tuesday. Contract expiration often adds volatility to the market and exaggerates the moves in prices.
"There's so much bullish sentiment in the market. Banks are upping their price targets on oil, and that's feeding the frenzy," said John Kilduff, analyst at MF Global.
"They (the banks) are basing this on consumption outstri
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