Oil is selling at almost $75 a barrel, the highest it's been in about 3 and a half years.
What it means: It doesn't sound like much of a story, but the price of oil can actually tell you a lot about what's going on in the world of politics – and it plays a big part in the energy bills we pay, too.
Secondly, the military strikes last week in Syria mean investors aren't sure how peaceful the Middle East is gonna be for the next few months, and how easy it'll be to get oil out of there. Again: fear of lower supply in the near future = higher demand for what we've got right now.
The 'Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries' (OPEC) is meeting next week, and presumably this is gonna come up. Saudi Arabia, the world's number one oil exporter, is going to try and make sure the price stays high, because they fund most of their public services and infrastructure projects from oil.