Oil Prices Drop As Demand Concerns Weigh On Markets

Oil costs have been down early on Tuesday, with Brent Crude hitting its lowest degree since January and WTI Crude at its lowest since February as commerce disputes continued to weigh on the outlook on international financial and oil demand development.

As of 09:56 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, WTI Crude was down zero.28 % at $53.10, buying and selling at its lowest ranges for the reason that center of February, whereas Brent Crude was down zero.49 % at $60.98—breaking beneath $61 a barrel and slumping earlier within the day to its lowest degree since January this yr.

Oil costs are actually down by some 20 % from the highs reached on the finish of April.

In Could, the protracted U.S.-China commerce warfare and hovering U.S. oil manufacturing and inventories weighed down on the value of oil, which booked its worst month-to-month decline since November final yr.

Analysts have began to warn that the U.S.-China commerce battle and the brand new commerce dispute that the U.S. opened with Mexico simply final week will begin to affect international financial development and result in slowdown in financial exercise and oil demand development.  

Fearing an financial slowdown, buyers have been in search of safe-haven belongings in latest days, with gold costs at a three-month excessive, whereas shunning power shares and oil futures.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia tried to cease the oil value slide and discuss costs up by reiterating that the Kingdom and OPEC would do “no matter it takes” to rebalance the oil market.

Oil costs ignored the Saudi reassurance, Warren Patterson, Head of Commodities Technique at ING, mentioned on Tuesday, noting that the market continues to be below stress from the broader macro image.

“Whereas we don’t imagine that the market must see cuts prolonged, we do imagine that given the stress on the flat value that OPEC+ might be pressured to increase its deal into the second half of the yr,” Patterson mentioned.  

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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