Oil rises near $40 a barrel after biggest decline in two weeks

Oil is being held in a tight band by a resurgent coronavirus that is threatening demand. At the same time, additional supply is flowing from Libya. while the OPEC+ is debating if they should follow through on their plan to raise output from January.
By : Bloomberg
| Updated on: 22 Oct 2020, 17:56 PM
Crude oil production has turned many Nigerians into some of the wealthiest of all Africans. (Image used for representational purpose) (REUTERS)
Crude oil production has turned many Nigerians into some of the wealthiest of all Africans. (Image used for representational purpose) (REUTERS)
Crude oil production has turned many Nigerians into some of the wealthiest of all Africans. (Image used for representational purpose) (REUTERS)
Crude oil production has turned many Nigerians into some of the wealthiest of all Africans. (Image used for representational purpose)

Oil rose near $40 a barrel in New York after the biggest drop in two weeks on Wednesday following a surprise jump in US gasoline stockpiles and slowing demand.

Motor fuel inventories last week rose the most since May and a measure of the fuel’s consumption slid to the lowest level since late September, according to government data. European equities erased earlier declines on Thursday after positive corporate earnings, boosting sentiment that also helped push crude futures higher.

(Also read | OPEC, in major shift, says oil demand to plateau in late 2030s)

Oil is being held in a tight band by a resurgent coronavirus that is threatening demand. At the same time, additional supply is flowing from Libya while the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies are debating if they should follow through on their plan to raise output from January. The group this week warned of a “precarious" market outlook

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“On balance, the sector is doing pretty well considering the increased number of headwinds," said Ole Hansen, head of commodities strategy at Saxo Bank.

One bright spot for fuel consumption is China. Traders are buying up cargoes and sending them toward Asia’s biggest economy, hoping to capitalize on an expected surge in demand at the end of the year. Russia’s ESPO crude, a grade often purchased by Chinese refiners, traded at a premium of $2.20 to Dated Brent, traders said.

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First Published Date: 22 Oct 2020, 17:56 PM IST
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