WTI, Brent Prices Fall

WTI, Brent Prices Fall
WTI, Brent Prices Fall

Oil prices dropped on Monday, as weak manufacturing data from China and Japan for July weighed on demand outlook, while investors braced for this week's meeting of officials from OPEC and other top producers on supply adjustments.
Brent crude futures were down 82 cents, or 0.8%, at $103.15 a barrel. US West Texas Intermediate crude was at $97.44 a barrel, down $1.18, or 1.2%, reported.
Fresh Covid-19 lockdowns snuffed out a brief recovery seen in June for factory activity in China, the world's largest crude oil importer. The Caixin/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) eased to 50.4 in July from 51.7 in the previous month, well below analysts' expectations, data showed on Monday.  
Japanese manufacturing activity expanded at its weakest rate in 10 months in July, data showed on Monday.  
"China's disappointing manufacturing PMI is the primary factor that pressed on oil prices today," CMC Markets analyst Tina Teng said.
"The data show a surprising contraction of economic activities, suggesting that the recovery of the world’s second-largest economy from the Covid lockdowns may not be as positive as previously expected, which darkened the demand outlook of crude oil markets."

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