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Crude Oil Prices Slip as Weak China Exports Highlight Trade War Impact

Crude Oil Prices Slip as Weak China Exports Highlight Trade War ImpactCrude Oil Prices Slip as Weak China Exports Highlight Trade War Impact

Oil prices fell on Monday after data showed that Chinese exports declined for a fourth straight month, sending shivers through a market already concerned about damage being done to global demand by the Sino-US trade war.
Brent futures were down 21 cents, or 0.3%, at $64.18 per barrel, after gaining about 3% last week on the news that OPEC and its allies would deepen output cuts, Reuters reported.
West Texas Intermediate oil futures were down 30 cents, or 0.5% to $58.90 a barrel, having risen about 7% last week on the prospects for lower production from ‘OPEC+’, which is made up of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and associated producers including Russia.
Monday’s sudden chill came after customs data released on Sunday showed exports from the world’s second-biggest economy in November fell 1.1% from a year earlier, confounding expectations for a 1% rise in a Reuters poll.
The weak start to the week came despite data showing China’s crude imports jumped to a record, revealing just how deep jitters are embedded in the market over the US-China trade row that has stymied global growth and oil demand.
Washington and Beijing have been trying to agree a trade deal that will end tit-for-tat tariffs, but talks have dragged on for months as they wrangle over key details.
Beijing hopes an agreement with the United States can be reached as soon as possible, China’s Assistant Commerce Minister Ren Hongbin said on Monday.
Monday’s declines also went against signs on Friday that China was easing its stance on resolving its trade dispute with the United States, confirming that it was waiving import tariffs for some soybean and pork shipments.
The price drops also put an end to a strong run in previous sessions fuelled by hopes for the OPEC+ production curb deal.

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