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Oil prices drop on fuel demand worries as coronavirus flares up

MELBOURNE: Oil prices fell in early commerce on Tuesday on issues about fuel demand development as a contemporary wave of COVID-19 infections all over the world sparks tighter lockdowns simply as main producers ramp up output.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 22 cents, or 0.5 per cent to $40.79 a barrel at 0132 GMT, whereas Brent crude futures fell 27 cents, or 0.6 per cent to $43.88 a barrel.

The slide comes after WTI rose 1.eight per cent and Brent climbed 1.5 per cent on Monday on better-than-expected information on manufacturing exercise in Asia, Europe and the United States displaying factories had been rising from the worst of the early coronavirus pandemic impression.

“On the demand side, we had quite encouraging global manufacturing (data) … but there’s still quite a bit of evidence of the oil demand recovery stalling in quite a few markets with a resurgence of COVID-19,” said Lachlan Shaw, head of commodity analysis at National Australia Bank (NAB).

Denting fuel demand, cities from Manila to Melbourne are tightening lockdowns to battle new infections, whereas Norway has stopped cruise ship visitors within the newest European journey alarm.

In an extra signal of a patchy rebound in demand, analysts estimate U.S. refined product stockpiles rose last week, in response to a preliminary Reuters ballot forward of information due from the American Petroleum Institute business group later on Tuesday and the U.S. authorities on Wednesday.

Five analysts estimated, on common, that U.S. inventories of gasoline rose by 600,000 barrels. Distillate stockpiles, which embody diesel and heating oil, seemingly grew by 800,000 barrels, whereas crude shares fell by 3.Three million barrels within the week to July 31.

At the identical time producers within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, collectively recognized as OPEC+, are stepping up output this month, including round 1.5 million barrels a day of provide. U.S. producers additionally plan to restart shut-in manufacturing and inventories stay close to historic highs.

“So it’s tough to see, in my view, conviction emerging to the upside,” NAB’s Shaw said. “There could be heightened risk of prices moving to the downside in the very near term.”

Demand for diesel declines 12.5% over the earlier month, petrol 1% decrease in July

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