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Oil prices rise after sell-off driven by demand fears

Commodities Mar 19, 2021 05:35AM ET
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By Ahmad Ghaddar

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices rose by more than $1 on Friday, after a big sell-off in the previous session as a new wave of coronavirus infections across Europe triggered fresh lockdowns and dampened expectations of any imminent recovery in fuel demand.

Brent crude was up $1.01, or 1.6%, to $64.29 a barrel by 0917 GMT.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) U.S. crude rose $1.02, or 1.7%, to $61.02 a barrel.

Both contracts closed about 7% lower on Thursday as several large European economies reimposed lockdowns and vaccination programmes were slowed by distribution issues and concerns about possible side effects.

Although Germany, France and other countries have announced the resumption of inoculations after regulators declared the AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:AZN) vaccine safe, the programme halt has made it harder to overcome resistance to vaccines among some of the population.

Britain also announced it would have to slow its COVID-19 vaccine rollout next month due to a supply delay.

"Concerns are rapidly growing of a mobility-depressing third wave in Europe amid a pause in vaccinations and rapid spread of the B117 mutation that originated in the UK," JP Morgan said.

The bank still sees Brent averaging above $70 a barrel in the fourth quarter, however.

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) said headwinds related to European Union demand and Iran supply would slow the oil market rebalancing by 750,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the second quarter, although it expects the OPEC+ grouping of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies to act to offset that.

Iran has moved record amounts of crude oil to top client China in recent months, while India's state refiners have added Iranian oil to their annual import plans on the assumption that U.S. sanctions on the OPEC supplier will soon ease.

Goldman expects a significant increase in global oil demand in the coming months, with its Brent forecast rising to $80 per barrel this summer.

Oil prices rise after sell-off driven by demand fears
 

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Ernest Wong CA
Ernest Wong CA Mar 19, 2021 4:52PM ET
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supply cuts --> price rise; demand drops --> price rise; and the conclusion is ---> brent never fell no matter what. LMAO GS "predicts" brent price to $80, are they the one of a few that manipulate the price --> pump and dump?
Irfan Yousaf
Irfan Yousaf Mar 19, 2021 3:00AM ET
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Oil market on this news react more
Gershom Zvi
Gershom Zvi Mar 19, 2021 2:03AM ET
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Very contradictive article
Dietmar Stahl
Dietmar Stahl Mar 19, 2021 12:44AM ET
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Oragenics might have the best vaccine deal now that Astra Zanenca has problems. They have a nasal admistered vaccine.
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Mar 19, 2021 12:32AM ET
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Reuters dont know what they write anymore
Numan Khan
Numan Khan Mar 19, 2021 12:17AM ET
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Afghanistan
Frank Olivarez
Frank Olivarez Mar 18, 2021 11:38PM ET
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Europe.. what a bunch of pansies
Franco Dominguez
Franco Dominguez Mar 18, 2021 11:38PM ET
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europeans goes to parties everytime
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What else they can do if US is stealing vaccines for themselves - not surprising...
 
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