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Brent crude prices dive 6%, hit lowest since June on Saudi price slice, Covid flare-ups

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NEW YORK: Oil futures wheeled on Tuesday, with Brent dropping below $40 the barrel for the first time since June and US crude away from more than 8%, after Saudi Arabia cut its April selling prices amid the flare-up of coronavirus instances around the world.

Coronavirus infections will be rising in India, The uk, Spain and several parts of the us, where the infection rate hasn’t come under control for months. This rebound in illnesses may possibly weaken the global economic recuperation and sap fuel need.

US West Texas Second time beginners (WTI) crude dropped $3.42 or 8.6%, to $36.35 in 11:33 AM EDT (1533 GMT), lowest since June 15. Brent crude fell $2.46, as well as 5.9%, to $39.55 a barrel.

Both oil benchmarks have lowered below the ranges they were trading in throughout August. Brent is falling for a fifth working day and has lost more than 10% since the end of June.

“The streak of cutbacks is driven by a holding on crude demand outlook through-out the year,” said Paola Rodriguez-Masiu, analyst at Rystad Energy.

On Monday, crude fell after Saudi Arabia’s state oil company Aramco cut the October recognized selling prices for its Arab-speaking light oil, a sign need may be softening.

“The Saudi price cuts announced Weekend made WTI unattractive to be able to Asian buyers,” explained Colorado-based energy analyst Phil cannella Verleger of PK Verleger LLC.

Still, oil offers recovered from historic levels hit in April, on account of a record supply cut because of the Organization of the Petroleum Marketing Countries and allies, generally known as OPEC+. The producers will be meeting on Sept. 17 to review the market.

Crude has also found support from the weaker US dollar, even though the US currency was upwards on Tuesday. The market could rally beyond $45 later this year, said Norbert Ruecker, head of economics at Swiss bank Julius Baer.

“Fundamentally, things never have changed,” he explained. “Demand is recovering, offer remains constrained, and the storage area overhang is slowly melting.”

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