Oil Comes Off Lows

Oil Comes Off Lows Oil Comes Off Lows

Oil prices rebounded more than $1 a barrel after earlier hitting multi-year lows on Monday, as hopes of a deeper cut in output by OPEC and stimulus from central banks countered worries about damage to demand from the coronavirus outbreak.
Brent crude was at $51.31 a barrel, up $1.64 or 3.3%, off $48.40, the lowest since July 2017, CNBC reported.
Across the Atlantic, US West Texas Intermediate crude hit a 14-month low of $43.32, before recovering to $46.11, up $1.35, or 3%.
Both marked their first gain after six sessions of losses amid virus worries. The coronavirus, which originated in China, has killed over 3,000 and roiled global markets as investors brace for a steep knock to world growth. Equities marked their biggest rout since the 2008 financial crisis last week.
Dragging on oil prices earlier in the day was data unveiled over the weekend by China, the world’s top energy consumer.
Factory activity in the country shrank at the fastest pace ever in February, underscoring the colossal damage from the outbreak on its economy.
Several key members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are mulling the additional production cut in the second quarter amid fears the virus outbreak will erode oil demand. The previous proposal was for an additional output cut of 600,000 bpd.
Oil prices are down more than 20% since the start of the year despite OPEC and its allies including Russia, a grouping known as OPEC+, curbing oil output by 1.7 million bpd under a deal that runs to the end of March.

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