Oil extends losses on pandemic fears and rise in U.S. gasoline stockpiles Reuters by way of

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A gasoline pump is seen hanging from the ceiling at a petroleum station in Seoul June 27, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

By Yuka Obayashi

TOKYO (Reuters) – Crude costs prolonged their losses right into a sixth day on Thursday, hovering close to 3-month lows, damage by rising fears over slower gasoline demand amid a spike in COVID-19 circumstances worldwide whereas an sudden rise in U.S. gasoline inventories added to stress.

was down 85 cents or 1.3% at $67.38 a barrel by 0019 GMT, having fallen 1.2% on Wednesday. U.S. West Intermediate crude (WTI) misplaced 93 cents or 1.4% to $64.53 a barrel after tumbling 1.7% within the earlier session.

Each benchmarks have misplaced greater than 5% over the previous six periods, buying and selling close to their lowest degree since Could 24 within the earlier session.

The slide continued as traders remained apprehensive over the rise in infections attributable to the Delta variant of the coronavirus worldwide.

“Crude costs proceed to look weak round these mid to late summer time help ranges – $65 in WTI and $67 in Brent,” Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA Europe, stated in a word.

Slower progress in China because it imposes additional restrictions in response to rising COVID-19 circumstances and a few weak point in a number of U.S. knowledge factors this previous week has pushed the softness in oil costs, he cited.

“A transfer under $65 in WTI, for instance, may see costs drop again into Q2 buying and selling ranges between $57 and $65. This might be fairly a drop from the degrees we have seen the final couple of months and absolutely replicate rising considerations concerning the unfold of delta and the implications for fourth quarter progress,” he added.

The shock construct in U.S. gasoline inventories additionally fuelled considerations over slowing demand.

inventories fell 3.2 million barrels final week to 435.5 million barrels, their lowest since January 2020, the Power Info Administration stated on Wednesday.

However gasoline shares rose by 696,000 barrels to 228.2 million barrels, in opposition to analysts’ expectations for a 1.7 million-barrel drop.

Minutes of the U.S. Federal reserve’s July 27-28 coverage assembly confirmed officers famous the unfold of the Delta variant may briefly delay the total reopening of the economic system, and restrain the roles market.