Oil falls on demand worries amid surge in coronavirus cases

Oil falls on demand worries amid surge in coronavirus cases

Oil prices dropped 2% on Thursday as a surge in new coronavirus cases in the United States and China renewed fears about a slow recovery in fuel demand.

Brent crude futures lost 1.5%, or 61 cents, at $40.10 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 2.1%, or 80 cents, at $37.16 per barrel.

Concerns about fuel demand resurfaced as Beijing canceled flights and closed schools to contain a second outbreak, while several U.S. states reported a spike in new infections.

A buildup in U.S. crude stocks also weighed on the market sentiment despite the decline in gasoline and distillate inventories. 

Analysts said that oil prices will remain in the $35-$40 range as long as OPEC commits to its agreed output cuts.

The oil organizations’ compliance with its record supply cuts was 87% in May, according to sources.

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