Oil prices drop as trade war concerns haunt market
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[December 10, 2019] By
Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Roslan Khasawneh
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices
slipped for a second straight day on Tuesday as a slowing global demand
outlook outweighed OPEC's deal with associated producers last week to
deepen output cuts in 2020.
Brent crude was down 33 cents, or 0.5%, at $63.92 per barrel by 1134 GMT
while West Texas Intermediate oil was 29 cents, or 0.5%, lower at $58.73
The benchmarks fell 0.2% and 0.3% respectively on Monday.
Last week, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
and associated producers like Russia agreed to deepen output cuts from
1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) to 1.7 million bpd to support prices.
However, crude prices have fallen this week as a Dec. 15 deadline for
the next round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports loomed over markets.
"Now with OPEC+ meetings out of the way, the market will likely focus
back to trade talk developments, particularly with the 15 December
deadline fast approaching," ING analyst Warren Patterson said.
U.S. President Donald Trump does not want to implement the next round of
tariffs, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Monday - but he
wants "movement" from China to avoid them.
Tamas Varga of oil broker PVM said further U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods
"will have a tangible impact both on commodities and equities, at least
in the immediate future."
Data released on Sunday showed exports from China in November fell 1.1%
from a year earlier, confounding expectations for a 1% rise in a Reuters
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Oil pump jacks work at sunset near Midland, Texas, U.S., August 21,
2019. REUTERS/Jessica Lutz
However, the growth rate of China’s imports of major commodities has accelerated
in recent months, indicating Beijing’s stimulus efforts may be bearing fruit and
that the impact of trade war may not be as bad as feared.
The market is also on edge ahead of other events this week, with the British
election on Thursday and U.S. and European Central Bank meetings.
Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov said on Tuesday a decision by OPEC and its
allies to cut output would help support oil prices at $55-65 per barrel in the
U.S. crude oil inventories were expected to have dipped last week, while stocks
of refined products were seen higher with gasoline stocks set to rise for the
fifth straight week, a preliminary Reuters poll showed.
The American Petroleum Institute (API), an industry group, is scheduled to
release its data for the latest week at 4:30 p.m. EST (2130 GMT) on Tuesday, and
the weekly EIA report is due at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin in London and Roslan Khasawneh in Singapore;
Editing by Alexander Smith and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)
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