Oil prices creep up on demand recovery, tempered by virus outbreaks

Oil prices creep up on demand recovery, tempered by virus outbreaks
# 26 June 2020 07:32 (UTC +04:00)

Oil prices rose on Friday, extending gains from the previous day on optimism about recovering fuel demand worldwide, despite a surge in coronavirus infections in some U.S. states and indications of a revival in U.S. crude production.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures gained 42 cents, or 1.1%, to $39.14 at 0150 GMT but were on track for a slight drop for the week. 

Brent crude LCOc1 futures similarly rose 1.1%, or 47 cents, to $41.52, but were also heading towards a small decline for the week. 

Overall, commodities markets were taking a positive view on the global recovery on Friday despite worries about coronavirus flare-ups, said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets. 

“It does appear the market is ignoring supply and demand fundamentals and moving on sentiment,” he said.

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