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Brent, WTI Advance

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Oil prices rose on Monday following news China plans to ship large volumes of US crude in August and September, which outweighed concerns over a slowdown in demand recovery after the coronavirus pandemic and an uptick in supplies.
Brent crude added 32 cents, or 0.7%, to $45.12 a barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate crude was up 35 cents, or 0.8%, to $42.36 a barrel, CNBC reported.
Chinese state-owned oil firms have tentatively booked tankers to transport at least 20 million barrels of US crude for August and September, Reuters reported on Friday, as China ramped up energy and farm purchases ahead of a review of the Sino-US trade deal.
Record crude imports from the world’s top importer and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions globally have supported oil prices, although new waves of coronavirus outbreaks in several countries are expected to cool consumption again.
“Oil demand data was largely positive last week, with US implied gasoline demand rising to just 3.5% away from pre-coronavirus levels and China’s processed crude oil figure in July at a record high,” said Howie Lee, an economist at Singapore’s OCBC bank.
ANZ estimated that demand has risen 8 million barrels per day over the past four months to 88 million bpd - still 13 million bpd below this time last year.
Investors are looking for more clues on future supply from a meeting this week of a panel representing ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, known as OPEC+. 

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