Oil tops $76, breaks record
Many analysts believe that escalating Middle East violence and worries over Iran, Nigeria and North Korea will push prices even higher in the future.
Iran and Nigeria are major oil-producing nations where instability could disrupt supplies. In Nigeria, production has already been significantly cut by militant activity.
Two Filipino hostages who worked in the oil industry released by Nigerian militants seen at Government House in Port Harcourt, Nigeria June 25, 2006. Militants have successfully disrupted Nigerian oil production. REUTERS/Stringer photo via Yahoo News.