Oil Prices Spike as Libyan Chaos Grows

Just keeps getting worse over there, it seems – from the AP:

Oil prices rose to fresh two-year highs near $96 a barrel in Asia on Wednesday amid trader concern a violent power struggle in Libya could disrupt crude supplies.

Benchmark crude for April delivery was up 47 cents at $95.89 a barrel — the highest since October 2008 — at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract jumped $5.71, or 6.4 percent, to settle at $95.42 on Tuesday.

In London, Brent crude for April delivery gained $1.08 to $106.86 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Tuesday called on supporters to attack anti-government demonstrators as protesters backed by defecting army units claimed control over almost the entire eastern half of the country, including several oil-producing areas…

It might not be possible for either Gadhafi or the rebels to swiftly win – which means the turmoil keeps up. This is not looking good.