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Oil prices edge up after losses

Oil prices

Hong Kong: Oil prices edged up today after taking a hit in the previous session in response to a mixed US stockpiles report, but analysts warned that headwinds remained in place for the under-pressure commodity.

Concerns about a slowdown in the global economy, particularly key energy consumer China, combined with an oversupply have seen crude prices tumble more than 60 per cent from last year’s peaks above USD 100 a barrel.

Prices took another hit yesterday when the US Department of Energy (DoE) said output at home rose 19,000 barrels per day to 9.136 million, snapping a six-week run of lower production.

The news came hours after it was announced that a gauge of factory activity in China had hit a six-and-a-half-year low in September — overshadowing figures showing US commercial crude inventories sank 1.9 million barrels in the week ending September 18.

Both main contracts edged up in electronic trade today. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate was 0.90 per cent higher at USD 44.88 a barrel, while Brent crude added 0.67 per cent
to USD 48.07.

However, David Lennox, an analyst at Fat Prophets in Sydney, told Bloomberg News: “All the factors that sent oil lower are still there.

“Oil seems to be holding in a range but the market really needs to see sustainable cuts to production.”

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