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Oil Prices Set For Longest Losing Streak Since March

After tentatively rising in Asian trade, oil prices reversed course and fell on Tuesday morning, poised for a fourth consecutive day of losses, which would be the longest losing streak since March this year.

As of 8:38 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, WTI Crude was down by 0.85% at $66.73, and Brent Crude continued to linger below $70 a barrel, at $69.04, down by 0.68%. Oil prices were weighed down by a stronger U.S. dollar and concerns about oil demand in Asia, which continues to grapple with the COVID-19 resurgence.

On Tuesday, Japan extended the state of emergency for its capital Tokyo by two weeks, and announced restrictions in more regions amid surging COVID cases. This added to China’s weak economic and refining throughput data from Monday to weigh on the outlook for Asia’s immediate oil demand.

“China’s Delta outbreaks, coupled with a government crackdown on independent refiners, are dampening the country’s downstream processing rates and crude appetite,” Vanda Insights said in a note early on Tuesday.

Amid concerns about demand, U.S. shale supply is set to grow in September by 49,000 barrels per day (bpd), to 8.086 million bpd, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its monthly Drilling Productivity Report on Monday. This level of U.S. shale production would be the highest since May 2020, Reuters notes.

Some support for oil prices came from bullish estimates of U.S. inventories and gasoline consumption.

“Consensus estimates of analysts surveyed by Reuters points to sizeable draws in crude and gasoline inventories, at 3.1 million barrels and 1.15 million barrels respectively, for the week ended August 13, which is supportive of sentiment,” Vanda Insights said.

Last week, U.S. gasoline demand increased by 1.4 percent from the prior week, but came in just behind the week of 7/25 for setting a new 2021 high, Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, tweeted on Monday.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on August 17 2021 said:
    What matters is that the fundamentals of the global oil market are robust enough to eventually subdue concerns of new COVID cases very shortly. And while these concerns have slowed down oil demand slightly, they will never arrest it.

    The world is far better equipped and more experienced in dealing with new cases of COVID than in 2020 particularly with the availability of vaccines worldwide. That is why I would treat the recent price decline as a pause before it resumes its surge anew.

    OPEC+ has a trump card in its hand. It could easily reverse course and cut production again to support prices if the pandemic lasts longer than expected.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London
  • George Doolittle on August 17 2021 said:
    A War between Japan and China is also possible absolutely yes.

    *MASSIVE* commodity bubble in the USA.

    *NOT* long ahem "corn futures" ahem

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