Oil Prices fell after an unexpected rise in U.S. crude oil inventories and as rising COVID-19 infections threaten demand. The Oil Prices held on to most of their gains from the previous session on expectations that supplies will remain tight through year-end.Brent crude fell 32 cents, or 0.4%, to $71.91 a barrel at 0347 GMT, after rising 4.2% in the previous session. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 27 cents, or 0.4%, to $70.03 a barrel, after rising 4.6% on Wednesday.
Edward Moya, senior analyst at OANDA said that the volatility in energy remains elevated as traders grapple with short-term demand weakness from Delta variant concerns and expectations the crude deficits will last till the end of the year. He said that Oil will struggle to regain all of its losses until the trend of new curbs or restrictions starts to ease across Southeast Asia, Australia, and Europe.
They added that only a tremendous demand shortfall would tip the market balance into a surplus.JPMorgan analysts expect global demand to average 99.6 million barrels per day (mbd) in August, up by 5.4 mbd from April. Oil Prices fell earlier this week following a deal by OPEC+ to boost supply by 400,000 barrels per day from August through December.