Oil prices slip on demand worries

Oil prices slip on demand worries
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  • calendar-gray 30 June 2020

Oil prices fell on Tuesday as optimism for a straightforward recovery in fuel demand faded and a looming increase in supply weighed on the market, with Libya’s state oil company flagging progress on talks to resume exports, APA reports quoting Reuters.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures fell as much as 44 cents, but recovered slightly after stronger-than-expected Chinese factory data. By 0201 GMT they were trading down 26 cents, or 0.7%, at $39.44 a barrel, having jumped 3% on Monday. 

Brent crude LCOc2 futures for September fell 17 cents, or 0.2%, to $41.68 a barrel, paring Monday’s 92-cent gain. The less active August contract, which expires on Tuesday, fell 25 cents after gaining 69 cents on Monday. 

Optimism on Monday had been based on strong growth in U.S. pending home sales, bolstering belief that global fuel demand is rising steadily as major economies reopen after coronavirus lockdowns. 

But at the same time, coronavirus cases continue to rise in southern and southwestern U.S. states.

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