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Easing Inflation Sparks Bullish Sentiment in Oil Markets

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US Job Market and Fed Rate Expectations

Crude prices edged up on Thursday after data showed a stabilizing U.S. job market, fueling expectations that the Federal Reserve could begin cutting interest rates by autumn. Lower interest rates are anticipated to stimulate economic activity, potentially boosting oil demand.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent are up slightly for the week, but have lost 3% and 5.2%, respectively, this month.

Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 222,000, down from 232,000 the previous week, indicating underlying strength in the labor market despite signs of a cooling broader economy. Futures traders are now factoring in a higher probability of a September rate cut as inflation eases slightly, aligning with the Fed's objectives.

Economic Indicators and Market Reactions

Economic data this week presented mixed signals for crude traders. The producer price index (PPI) rose by 0.5% in April, indicating some inflationary pressure. However, the consumer price index (CPI) met expectations with a modest 0.3% rise, suggesting easing inflation. Single-family homebuilding and manufacturing output both declined, suggesting economic deceleration. US Treasury yields fell, with the 5-year note dropping by 10.9 basis points, reflecting market relief and expectations of future rate cuts. Lower interest rates generally reduce borrowing costs, potentially increasing industrial activity and energy consumption.

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