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Oil prices remained mixed in the international market on Friday, after Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar announced the Libyan oil exports blockade would be lifted for one month. Brent crude slipped 17 cents to $43.13. US WTI gained 6 cents to $41.03. The benchmarks are still on track for weekly gains after Hurricane Sally cut U.S. production, Saudi Arabia pressed for adherence to production quotas and banks predicted a supply deficit.
Oil prices rose on Wednesday. Brent crude rose 77 cents, to $41.30 a barrel, while U.S. WTI crude added 85 cents, to $39.13. Both contracts rose by more than 2% as 2%, as a hurricane closed U.S. offshore oil and gas production and U.S. crude inventories decreased. The storm-related shutdowns may help reduce stockpiles although refineries were also closed, cutting demand.
Oil prices edged lower on Tuesday. Brent crude was down 4 cents, at $39.57 a barrel, while U.S. WTI crude was down 2 cents, at $37.24 a barrel. Prices were affected amid worries over a slow recovery in global fuel demand and rising coronavirus cases across the globe. World oil demand is expected to tumble by 9.46 million barrels per day this year.
Oil prices were steady on Friday. Brent crude was down 2 cents, at $40.04, while U.S. WTI crude was up 12 cents, to $37.42 a barrel. Prices were on track for a second weekly fall after U.S. stock markets tumbled. In the US, stockpiles rose last week, against expectations, as refineries slowly returned to operations after production sites were shut down due to storms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil prices fell on Wednesday. Brent crude was down 19 cents, at $39.59 a barrel. U.S. WTI crude was down 24 cents, at $36.52 a barrel. Crude oil slipped below $40-mark for the first time since June. Prices remain affected as the global health crisis continues to flare unabated with coronavirus cases rising in India, Great Britain, Spain and several parts of the United States.
Oil prices fell on Tuesday. Brent crude eased nearly 0.2%, to $41.93 a barrel. U.S. WTI crude 1.9%, to $39.01 per barrel. Prices slipped amid concerns about fuel demand and rising COVID-19 cases. Weighing on the market is the upcoming maintenance seasons for U.S. refineries, which could cut crude demand by 1.5 million to 2 million barrels per day
Oil prices fell on Monday. Brent crude was at $42.04 a barrel, down 62 cents, the lowest since July 30. U.S. WTI crude skidded 63 cents, to $39.14 a barrel, the lowest since July 10. The prices fell as Saudi Arabia made the deepest monthly price cuts for supply to Asia in five months and uncertainty over China’s oil demand cloud the oil market’s recovery.
Chinese state-run Sinopec on Sunday posted its first half-year net loss on record amid weak fuel demand due to the global pandemic. It made a net loss of 21.725 billion yuan ($3.17 billion) for the first six months of 2020, compared to a 32.206 billion yuan profit a year earlier. First-half revenue fell 31% from a year earlier to 1.03 trillion yuan.
Oil prices rose on Monday, Brent crude was up 46 cents at $46.27 a barrel. U.S. WTI crude was at $43.25 a barrel, up 28 cents. Prices hit highest in five months by a 30% cut in Abu Dhabi crude supplies and encouraging Chinese data even as global demand struggles to return to pre-COVID levels. Higher oil and gas prices are also encouraging producers to resume drilling.
Crude oil prices were mixed on Tuesday. Brent crude oil added 14 cents to $45.27 a barrel, while U.S. WTI crude was down 4 cents, at $42.58 a barrel. The prices were so as Energy companies moved to massive production cuts in the U.S. Gulf Coast from Tropical Storms Marco and Laura against rising coronavirus cases in Asia and Europe.
Crude oil prices rose on Monday. Brent crude was up 32 cents, at $44.67 a barrel. U.S. WTI crude rose 31 cents, $42.65 a barrel. Prices rose as storms closed in on the Gulf of Mexico, shutting more than 50% of its oil production. Prices were also supported by the fact that the experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.
Saudi Aramco has suspended a deal to build a $10 billion refining and petrochemicals complex in China. Aramco decided to stop investing in the facility in China’s Northeastern province of Liaoning after negotiations with its Chinese partners and Aramco declined to comment on it. The uncertain market scenario could be behind the decision. The joint venture was signed when Prince Mohammed bin Salman was in Beijing in February last year.
Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) has signed a purchase and sale agreement with Orion Mine Finance for $1.33bn, the transaction is expected to be closed in the fourth quarter of this year. Assets under the sale are located in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. The company will retain its core assets in the Rockies, including Colorado’s DJ Basin and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.
Oil prices held steady on Friday. Brent crude was up 0.1%, at $44.95 per barrel. U.S. WTI was unchanged at $42.82 per barrel, but on track for about a 2% rise for the week. Prices were on track for a third consecutive weekly gain as major oil producers’ are making efforts to hold back output amid concerns about the pace of economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Oil prices fell on Thursday. Brent crude was down 44 cents, at $44.93 a barrel, and U.S. WTI oil fell 44 cents, at $42.49 a barrel. The fall was driven by major demand concerns as well as cautious views from OPEC+ producers and the U.S. Federal Reserve regarding economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Overall fuel demand in the last four weeks is down 14% from year-ago levels.
Oil prices fell on Wednesday as demand concerns are over weighing the prices. Brent crude fell 40 cents, to $45.06 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was down 34 cents, at $42.55 a barrel. U.S. crude inventories fell by 4.3 million barrels to about 512 million barrels, more than analyst expectations for a 2.7 million-barrel draw, industry data from the API.
Oil prices clutched onto most of their overnight gains on Tuesday. Brent crude was down 18 cents, at $45.19 a barrel. U.S. WTI crude was down 26 cents, at $42.63 a barrel, having risen 2.1% in the previous session. Oil prices held onto most as the OPEC+ members were almost fully complying with agreed output cuts to support prices amid a drop in demand for fuels due to the pandemic.
Oil prices rose on Monday. Brent crude added 32 cents, to $45.12 a barrel, while U.S. WTI crude was up 35 cents, to $42.36 a barrel. Prices rose as China plans to ship large volumes of U.S. crude in upcoming months which outweighed concerns over a slowdown in demand recovery. Chinese oil firms have already booked tankers to transport at least 20 million barrels of U.S. crude for August and September.