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Oil Falls on Lower Demand Outlook

Oil Falls on Lower Demand OutlookOil Falls on Lower Demand Outlook

Oil prices fell on Monday amid worries about an economic slowdown and the US-China trade war, which have led to a cut in the outlook for global oil demand. 
International benchmark Brent crude futures were at $58.16 a barrel, down 37 cents from their previous settlement, Reuters reported. 
WTI futures were at $53.89 per barrel, down 61 cents from their last close. Both benchmarks fell last week, with Brent losing more than 5% and WTI falling about 2%. 
Although the third quarter is fundamentally the strongest season for oil demand because of driving in summer holidays, the trade dispute between the United States and China has weakened demand and reduced crude prices. 
US President Donald Trump said on Friday he was not ready to make a deal with China and even called a September round of trade talks into question. 
“The market is facing a buyers’ strike,” said Michael Tran, commodity strategist at RBC Capital Markets, noting the low level of investors’ long positions betting on higher prices. 
“Despite the laundry list of disruptions and additional barrels at risk, investor length is currently near a multi-year low.” 

 

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