Crude oil falls ahead of US stockpiles data

PTI Singapore | Updated on November 24, 2017 Published on April 30, 2014

Oil prices eased in Asian trade today on expectations of another increase in US crude stockpiles which would suggest weak demand in the world’s biggest economy.

New York’s West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for June delivery dropped 88 cents to $100.40 in mid-morning trade and Brent North Sea crude for June delivery eased 35 cents to $108.63.

Analysts expect data due to be released today to show US crude stockpiles rose 2.2 million barrels last week, according to a Wall Street Journal survey.

Tan Chee Tat, investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore, said an announcement by Libya that it will resume oil exports from the Zueitina port is also likely to push prices lower as there would be more supplies in the market.

“Libya is also a cause for downside after the announcement that their second port is ready to take on their first oil tanker,” Tan said.

Libya’s National Oil Corporation is set to resume exports from Zueitina after declaring an end yesterday to a force majeure imposed on the eastern port, which was blocked by rebels for nine months.

Published on April 30, 2014
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