Oil Prices Extend Losses As Demand Concerns Outweigh Tight Supply. 

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Oil prices fell for a second straight session, as demand concerns outweighed tight global supply after U.S. Government data showed tepid gasoline consumption during the peak summer driving season.

Brent crude futures dropped 33 cents, or 0.3%, to $106.59 a barrel by 0618 GMT after slipping 0.4% in the previous session. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 48 cents, or 0.5%, to $99.40 a barrel following a 1.9% drop on Wednesday.
Oil prices have been volatile as traders have had to square tighter global supply because of the loss of Russian barrels; following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, with recessionary worries that could weaken energy demand.

U.S. gasoline inventories (USOILG=ECI) rose 3.5 million barrels last week, government data showed; on Wednesday, far exceeding analysts’ forecasts in a Reuters poll for a 71,000-barrel rise.
Product supplied of gasoline – a proxy for demand – was about 8.5 million barrels per day; or about 7.6% lower than the same time a year ago, the data showed.
Concerns over Libya’s supplies have also eased as the National Oil Corp (NOC) said crude production had; resumed at several oilfields, after lifting force majeure on oil exports last week.

Still, one of Canada’s major oil export arteries, the Keystone pipeline, was operating at reduced rates for a third day on Wednesday, operator TC Energy said in a statement, as repairs continued on a third-party power facility in South Dakota.
We expect Brent oil futures to fall to US$100/bbl by Q4 2022, implying a modest fall from current levels,” Commonwealth Bank commodities analyst Vivek Dhar said in a note.


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