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Crude oil prices slide as virus surge weighs on demand outlook

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LONDON: Oil prices fell on Thursday, as surging coronavirus infections around the world threatened to be able to jeopardise a recovery in petrol demand just as significant oil producers are going raise output.

The most-active Brent crude contract for August fell 51 cents, or maybe 1.2%, to $43.58 a barrel from 0907 GMT. The Sept. 2010 Brent contract, which is expiring on Friday, fell 56 cents to $43.19 a barrel.

U.Ersus. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were lower 60 cents, or 1.5%, at $40.67 a barrel.

Both standard contracts rose on Friday after the U.S. Vitality Information Administration (EIA) claimed the largest one-week fall in raw stocks since December.

“The recent resurgence of the coronavirus is an ominous sign the fact that upside is limited in the quick future,” Tamas Varga of oil brokerage PVM said.

Deaths from COVID-19 topped 150,000 in the usa on Wednesday, while Brazilian, with the world’s second-worst sudden occurence, set daily records connected with confirmed cases and dying, death. New infections in Australia hit an increasing on Thursday.

The possible hit to the demand recurring comes just as the corporation of the Petroleum Exporting Places (OPEC) and its allies, collectively known as OPEC+, usually are set to step up output that kicks off in august, adding about 1.five million barrels per day to be able to global supply.

“The eliminating OPEC+ supply restrictions and the return of some Oughout.S. production may analyze the resilience of market sentiment in the coming days,” Stephen Innes, key global market strategist from AxiCorp said.

Total in addition to Royal Dutch Shell claimed small profits in the second quarter as their oil trading organizations shielded them from the complete force of the pandemic-induced demand loss.

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