Oil prices edge down as traders weigh slowing demand against supply curbs

Reuters SINGAPORE | Updated on August 13, 2019 Published on August 13, 2019

Oil prices edged lower on Tuesday, offsetting narrow gains in the previous session, on the expectation major producers would continue to reduce global supplies due to a slowing economic growth outlook.

International benchmark Brent crude futures were down 11 cents or 0.2 per cent, from the previous settlement, to $58.46 a barrel by 0108 GMT. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures were $54.81 per barrel, down 12 cents, or 0.2 per cent, from the last close.

Saudi Arabia, the de-facto Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) leader, opened its books as part of plans to launch what could be the world's largest initial public offering.

The financials released by Saudi Aramco showed “capital spending had been curbed by 12 per cent, maybe suggesting that supply growth is likely to remain tight,” said ANZ bank in a note on Tuesday. “This is likely to take some focus away from the weakening outlook for demand.”

Kuwait on Monday reiterated its commitment to OPEC+ supply curbs after Oil Minister Khaled al-Fadhel said Kuwait had cut its own output by more than required by the accord.

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, known as OPEC+, have agreed to cut 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) since January 1. But, booming US shale oil production continues to chip away at the groups efforts to limit the global supply overhang.

US oil output from seven major shale formations is expected to rise by 85,000 barrels per day (bpd) in September, to a record 8.77 million bpd, the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecast in a report. Gloomy forecasts for the global economy and oil demand growth have weighed on oil prices as the trade dispute between the United States and China escalates.

Published on August 13, 2019
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