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Crude oil surges higher; helped by U.S. CPI, OPEC report

Published Jun 13, 2023 09:45AM ET
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Investing.com -- Oil prices posted strong gains Tuesday, recovering some of the previous session’s sharp losses, helped by slowing U.S. inflation and a relatively bullish monthly report from OPEC.

By 09:30 ET (13:30 GMT), U.S. crude futures traded 3.2% higher at $69.27 a barrel, while the Brent contract rose 3% to $73.98 a barrel.

Both benchmarks slumped over 3.5% Monday, falling to their lowest levels in almost three months on persistent concerns over the demand outlook in the U.S. and China.

These fears were partially lifted Tuesday after U.S. consumer prices recorded the smallest annual increase in inflation in more than two years, supporting the view that the Federal Reserve would decide against raising interest rates on Wednesday.

Worries that the Fed’s aggressive year-long tightening cycle to combat inflation would lead to a recession in the largest crude consumer in the world have weighed on the oil market for some time.

The U.S. currency has also weakened as a result of the Fed’s likely pause, with the dollar index currently trading at its lowest level in around a month. This makes crude, which is denominated in dollars, cheaper, and thus more attractive, for foreign buyers.

Adding to the positive drivers has been the release of the monthly report by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, a cartel of top producers.

OPEC has held its demand view for the year steady despite signs of slowing growth but also stated that Saudi Arabia’s latest oil production cuts will tighten global markets sharply next month.

World consumption will exceed supplies by roughly 2.7 million barrels a day next month, a report from OPEC indicated on Tuesday, and if the de facto leader of the group decided to extend the reduction for the whole third quarter, it would be the biggest deficit since 2021.

The International Energy Agency, which advises consuming nations, will release its latest projections for global supply and demand on Wednesday.

The American Petroleum Institute is scheduled to release its estimate of U.S. crude inventories later in the session.

Last week, the industry body revealed a fall of around 1.7M barrels, suggesting healthy demand in the run-up to May 29 Memorial Day holiday.

Crude oil surges higher; helped by U.S. CPI, OPEC report
 

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Trumpster Rocks Jun 13, 2023 10:58AM ET
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There is No news from the Media anymore it's all 3rd World propaganda ... in other words Made up on the fly!
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oil fraud again, all make believe.
 
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