Oil is cheaper on the background of the jump in incidence COVID-19 and growth of US stocks, Brent below $40 per barrel.
Oil prices fall on Thursday amid rising numbers of new cases of infection with coronavirus infection in a number of countries, as well as increasing oil reserves in the United States for the third week in a row.
The cost of the August futures for Brent crude on London’s ICE Futures exchange at 7:55 SQ Thursday is $39,91 per barrel, or $0,4 (0.99 per cent) below the price of closing of previous session. At the end of trading on Wednesday, the contract fell $2,32 (5,4%), to $of 40.31 per barrel.
The WTI crude for August in electronic trading on the new York Mercantile exchange (NYMEX) by this time has fallen in price by $0.31 (0.82 percent) to $37,7 per barrel. On the eve of the value of these contracts decreased by $2,36 (5,9%), to $38,01 per barrel.
“Serious concern is the rise in the number of infections COVID-19 in several us States, including California, Texas and Florida,” notes analyst at Tyche Capital Advisors Tariq Zahir.
“There are fears that the removed constraints can be back — quoted expert MarketWatch. — Also, again, the question arises about the prospects for oil demand”.
The world health organization (who) notes the increase in the number of new cases of infection COVID-19 in the United States, China and Latin America.
“If a pandemic will trigger a second wave of restrictive measures, storage facilities may not be able to hold untapped oil and gas”, — noted in the review Rystad Energy.
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Data from the U.S. Department of energy, published on Wednesday, showed the growth of oil reserves in the United States at the end of the third week in a row by 1.4 million barrels. Experts polled by S&P Global Platts, predicted the decrease in reserves of 100 thousand barrels.
Oil reserves in Cushing, where oil traded on NYMEX, declined for the week by 1 million barrels. Oil production in the US increased by 500 thousand barrels per day (b/d), up to 11 million b/d.
Reserves of gasoline last week fell 1.7 million barrels, distillates — have increased by 249 thousand barrels. Experts on average had expected a decline in gasoline stocks of 1.9 million barrels and increase in distillate stocks on 100 thousand barrels.