Oil near $23 as traders weigh stimulus versus demand woes March 27, 2020, 6:59 a.m. | Share:
- Oil traded near $23 as traders weighed the collapse in global consumption as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to roil markets, against a broader fiscal response. Futures in New York pared earlier gains but are set to eke out a small weekly increase. While global stocks staged a partial recovery this week as policy makers sought to cushion the blow from the virus, there have been more signs of a demand collapse. Refineries from India to South Korea are slashing their consumption, while the International Energy Agency warned that demand is in freefall. Lower prices are already taking their toll, with producers facing forced production cuts for the first time in 35 years. Suppliers from Brazil to Canada are already acting, while Nigeria said it will pump as much as it can at low prices, but may have to shut in production. Algeria has asked for an emergency OPEC board meeting to discuss the cuts. It comes as industry consultant IHS Markit said the world will run out of places to store oil in as little as three months. "The bearish stock overhang on oil markets will not abate any time soon,” said PVM Oil Associates analyst Stephen Brennock . Analyze oilsands project development and performance – grow your business with the Daily Oil Bulletin. SIGN UP TODAY FOR A FREE 14-DAY TRIAL Prices West Texas Intermediate rose 0.1 per cent to $22.62 a barrel as of 10:59 a.m. in LondonU.S. benchmark is up 0.9 per cent this weekBrent crude lost 1.2 per cent to $26.02 a barrel In another bad omen for oil prices, the U.S. Energy Department was forced to rescind an offer to buy from shale producers to top up emergency stockpiles after President Donald Trump failed to win funding from Congress. The purchases would have targeted small to mid-size producers that have borne the brunt of the recent market meltdown. The signs of storage starting to fill are growing too. Inland tanks for heating oil in Germany are now full up, while Pakistan banned oil imports on Thursday because its stockpiles are now sufficiently built up. © 2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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Mar 27, 2020
Oil near $23 as traders weigh stimulus versus demand woes
March 27, 2020, 6:59 a.m. |Share:
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