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Oil Steadies as Demand Uncertainty Tempers Supply Cuts

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Oil prices, which have been driven higher for the past four weeks, were steady on Monday, with holidays in Singapore, London and New York dampening trade, as rising concerns over demand recovery offset supply cuts.Brent had eased by 5 cents, or 0.14% to $35.08 a barrel by 1014 GMT, while U.S. oil gained 14 cents, or 0.42% to $33.39 a barrel. Both are down around 45% so far this year."Uncertainty around the current travel patterns in the U.S.

Brent Hits One-month High, U.S. Oil Tops $32 as Lockdowns Ease

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Oil prices jumped on Monday, with benchmark Brent hitting a one-month high and U.S. crude topping $30, supported by optimism about the reopening of economies and output cuts by major producers. Brent crude was up $2.32, or 7.1%, at $34.82 a barrel by 1344 GMT, its highest level since mid-April. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up $3.35 or almost 11.4% at $32.78 per barrel, its highest since mid-March.

Oil Up 5% as U.S. Fed steps in to Prop Economy

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Oil jumped 5% on Tuesday to above $28 a barrel, supported by steps by the U.S. Federal Reserve to bolster the economy and hopes the United States will soon reach a deal on a $2 trillion coronavirus aid package.The Fed on Monday rolled out an array of programs including backing for the first time corporate bond purchases. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin…

Oil Facing Prolonged Period of Demand Destruction

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Oil prices rose on Friday as the world's richest nations poured unprecedented aid into the global economy to stop a coronavirus-driven recession and U.S. President Donald Trump hinted he may intervene in the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.Brent crude futures were up $1.14, or 4%, at $29.61 a barrel by 1133 GMT. U.S. crude futures for April rose $1.34, or 5.3%, to $26.56. The front-month contract expires later on Friday.

Brent, WTI Fall as Coronavirus Spreads

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Brent fell by 10% on Monday, and U.S. crude to below $30, as emergency rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve and its global counterparts failed to tame markets and China's factory output plunged at the sharpest pace in 30 years amid the spread of coronavirus.Brent crude was down $3.58, or 10.6%, to $30.27 a barrel by 1231 GMT. The front-month price had risen $1 earlier in the session.U.S.

Oil Falls, OPEC Backs Deeper Supply Cuts

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Oil fell on Thursday as the coronavirus epidemic showed no signs of slowing, with deaths mounting globally, and while major producers agreed on deeper output cuts to bolster prices, they could not immediately secure Russian support for the decision.Brent crude fell by 33 cents, or 0.6%, to $50.80 a barrel by 1338 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was down 20 cents…

Oil Falls 1% on Surprise U.S. Crude Build, Saudi Crude Output

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Oil shed more than 1% on Wednesday, logging a second straight day of losses after U.S. crude stockpiles unexpectedly rose and as Saudi Arabia maintained a faster-than-expected recovery of its oil production.A rally in the dollar index, which moves inversely with oil, also weighed on crude futures as a Democratic-led chamber was launching an official presidential impeachment inquiry.Brent crude futures settled at $62.39 a barrel…

Oil Soars 10%

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Oil futures jumped 10% on Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabian crude oil processing facilities over the weekend sliced the kingdom's production in half and threatened to hamper shipments from the world's largest crude exporter.Prices initially surged more than 20% after the open on Sunday evening, with Brent crude posting its biggest intraday gain since the 1990-1991 Gulf crisis…

Oil at Six-week High

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Oil prices hit a six-week high on Thursday as oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico were evacuated ahead of a storm, while an incident with a British tanker in the Middle East highlighted tensions in the region.Brent crude futures were up 32 cents at $67.33 a barrel by 1153 GMT. Earlier in the session they hit their highest since May 30 at $67.65, after ending Wednesday up 4.4%.U.S.

Oil Slips from Five-Month High

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Oil slipped from a five-month high above $71 a barrel on Tuesday as Russian comments signalling the possible easing of a supply-cutting deal with OPEC countered concern that violence in Libya could further tighten global markets.Supply curbs led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries have underpinned a more than 30 percent rally this year for Brent crude…

Oil Hovers Near Five-Month Highs

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Oil prices steadied on Wednesday after Brent pushed towards a nearly five-month high of $70 a barrel on OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions, with gains capped by a surprise increase in American inventories.Brent futures had moved up 24 cents, or 0.35 percent, to $69.61 by 1220 GMT. They earlier reached $69.96 - the highest since Nov. 12, when they last traded above $70.U.S.

Oil Prices Near Flat

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Oil prices were little changed on Monday as investors shrugged off fears of a global economic slowdown and focused on the prospect of tighter supply and lower U.S. crude inventories ahead.Brent crude oil futures climbed 30 cents to $67.33 a barrel by 11:56 a.m. EST (1556 GMT), while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures rose 11 cents to $59.15 a barrel.Crude oil pared earlier losses as the U.S.

Oil Edges Above $67

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Oil edged further above $67 a barrel on Monday, supported by the prospect of prolonged OPEC-led oil supply curbs though concern that an economic downturn may dent fuel consumption curbed gains.OPEC and non-OPEC ministers who met in Azerbaijan to monitor their oil supply-cut accord said they planned to exceed their commitments. Saudi Arabia signaled OPEC may need to extend the curbs until the end of the year.Brent crude…

Oil Gains as OPEC Sticks to Supply Cuts

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OPEC cuts expected to remain despite Trump pressure. Separately, oil supported by unexpected drop in U.S. inventories.Oil rallied for a second day on Wednesday, buoyed by an unexpected decline in U.S. crude inventories and after Saudi Arabia appeared undaunted by pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump on OPEC to prevent steeper price rises.Saudi Energy…

Oil Dips After Record U.S. Shale Forecast

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U.S. sanctions on Iran, Venezuela tighten markets, but soaring U.S. shale output offsets some of the disruption.Oil fell on Wednesday after the U.S. government said shale output would rise to a record next month, denting a rally that sent prices to their highest this year.Brent futures eased by 53 cents to trade at $65.92 a barrel by 1312 GMT, still within sight of Monday's high for the year of $66.83. U.S.

Oil Slips Below $62 as U.S. Inventories Rise

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API reports increase in U.S. crude stocks; Venezuela sanctions yet to spark rally but still supportive.Oil fell below $62 a barrel on Wednesday after a report showed a rise in U.S. crude inventories, countering expectations of a tightening market in 2019 because of OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions on Venezuela.U.S. crude inventories rose by 2.5 million barrels last week and gasoline stocks also increased…

Oil Falls as U.S. Adds New Rigs, China Weakness

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Oil fell nearly 2 percent on Monday after U.S. companies added rigs for the first time this year, a signal that crude output may rise further, but the price is still on course for its strongest January gain for 14 years.Further weighing on oil markets, the trade dispute between the United States and China looks unlikely to end anytime soon and its impact…

Oil Breaks Above $60

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Oil rose above $60 a barrel on Monday, recovering some of the previous session's near-7 percent fall, although uncertainty over global economic growth limited the gains.Brent crude futures rose $1.84 to $60.64 a barrel by 1445 GMT, while U.S. futures gained $1.47 to $51.89 a barrel after Friday's sell-off, which saw both contracts hit 13-month lows."It is difficult to say whether $60 is the new normal…

Oil Gains Despite Potential Supply Glut on the Horizon

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Oil rose on Thursday, steadying after losing nearly 7 percent over the previous three days, though concern about the prospect of an oversupplied market next year continued to weigh on prices despite OPEC's message that it may cut crude output.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), led by Saudi Arabia, is considering a cut of up to 1.4…

Oil Falls on Gloomier Economic Forecast

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Fund managers cut bullish crude holdings to 15-month low.Oil prices fell on Monday, as concern over the global economy put crude on track for its biggest monthly fall since mid-2016.Brent crude oil futures were down 34 cents at $77.28 a barrel at 1005 GMT, while U.S. crude futures fell by 30 cents to $67.29.Even with U.S. sanctions on Iranian exports due to come into force in under a week…