Oil down after gaining on dip in inventories
LONDON, October 24, 2019 – Oil prices dropped on Thursday in Asia, erasing gains recorded following a surprise dip in US crude stockpiles.
US Crude Oil WTI Futures fell 0.8% to $55.50 by 12:01 AM ET (04:01 GMT). International Brent Oil Futures fell 0.6% to $60.83.
Oil prices rallied more than 1% overnight after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a 1.7-million-barrel crude inventory drop for the week ended Oct.18, versus analysts’ expectations for a build of 2.2 million barrels.
But oil gave up its gains soon after, with comments by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak cited as headwind for the markets as he said no formal proposals have been put forward to change the terms of a global deal on curbing oil supplies that was agreed between OPEC and its allies.
Also putting pressure on the market today was a report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that projected economic growth across Asia will slow more than previously expected.
Growth in Asia could moderate to 5% in 2019, and 5.1% in 2020, the IMF said. That is 0.4% and 0.3% lower than its April projections.
Oil is down more than 15% from an April peak as trade war between the US and China, the world’s two biggest oil importers, dented global demand.