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Oil Cools After 3-Day Rally Amid Fed Uncertainty, U.S. inventory Build

Oil prices were muted on Thursday as hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials supported the dollar and brewed some concerns over more interest rate hikes, while U.S. crude inventories also logged a seventh straight week of builds. Hawkish overnight comments from Federal Reserve officials saw markets reassessing their outlook for U.S. interest rate hikes this year, given that inflation is still trending well above the central bank’s target range. This bolstered the dollar, which in turn weighed on crude markets. The prospect of higher U.S. interest rates also bodes poorly…

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Oil Prices Creep Higher As IEA Flags Chinese Demand Recovery

Oil prices rose slightly on Monday tracking optimistic comments on a recovery in Chinese demand from the International Energy Agency, although markets were still nursing steep weekly losses on fears of tighter U.S. monetary policy. International Energy Agency head Fatih Birol reiterated the agency’s call that China will push global crude demand to record highs this year, and said there were already early indications that the world’s second-largest economy was recovering. His comments come even as PMI data from last week painted a somewhat mixed picture of the country. While…

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Oil prices Tread Water As Markets Weigh China Recovery, Fed Caution

Oil prices were muted in early trade on Tuesday as optimism over better-than-expected economic data from China was offset by caution over an upcoming Federal Reserve meeting and an OPEC decision on production. Chinese business activity grew more than expected in January, government data showed, indicating that the country’s economy was clearly on a path of recovery after it relaxed most anti-COVID restrictions earlier in the month. The data helped further the notion that a Chinese economic recovery will help spur increased crude demand in 2023. The International Energy Agency…

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Oil Treads Water Ahead of OPEC+ Panel Meeting, PCE Inflation Data

Oil prices moved little on Friday and were set to end the week flat amid caution over an upcoming OPEC+ panel meeting, as well as more cues on the U.S. economy from a reading on the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge. Ministers from Algeria, Kuwait, Venezuela, Russia and Oman are set to meet virtually next week as part of a panel called the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC). The panel can call for a full meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+) and can also decide…

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Oil Rises After Steep Losses, But Recession Fears Limit Gains

Oil prices rose on Wednesday, recovering a measure of sharp losses from the prior session, although fears of a global recession and signs of another major build in U.S. inventories kept gains limited. Crude prices have fallen into a holding pattern over the past month, with markets constantly weighing the prospect of slowing global economic growth against signs of an improvement in Chinese demand this year. While the world’s largest oil importer relaxed anti-COVID measures earlier this month, a raft of weakening economic indicators in other major oil markets, particularly…

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Oil Prices Rise As China Optimism Grows Ahead of Lunar New Year

Oil prices rose further on Friday, and were set to end the week higher as optimism over an eventual recovery in Chinese demand this year largely offset fears that a global economic slowdown will dent crude markets. Markets are betting on a strong boost to the Chinese economy from the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, particularly after the country relaxed almost all anti-COVID restrictions earlier this month. China kept its key lending rates at historic lows for a fifth consecutive month on Friday, indicating that the government plans to keep…

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Crude Oil Lower; Monthly Demand Reports in Focus

Oil prices fell Monday, consolidating after last week’s strong gains ahead of the release of demand forecasts from the OPEC and the IEA as well as a deluge of potentially influential economic data due this week. By 04:35 ET (09:35 GMT), U.S. crude futures traded 0.7% lower at $79.55 a barrel, while the Brent contract fell 0.5% to $84.86 a barrel, with volumes hit by the U.S. holiday. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries releases its latest analysis on Tuesday, followed by the International Energy Agency on Wednesday. These monthly…

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Oil Prices Dip as industry Data Shows Massive Build in U.S. Inventories

Oil prices fell on Wednesday after industry data pointed to a large weekly build in U.S. crude stockpiles, although losses were limited by the prospect of strong demand this year and as the dollar softened on expectations of slower interest rate hikes. Data from the American Petroleum Institute showed that U.S. crude stockpiles surged by more than four times in the first week of 2023 from the prior week. There also appeared to be a negligible release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The increase in stockpiles comes as…

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Oil Prices Rebound on China Reopening Optimism, Easing Fed Fears

Oil prices rose on Monday, recovering a measure of recent losses as investors bet that an economic reopening in China and a less hawkish rhetoric from the Federal Reserve will help spur a recovery in crude demand this year. China reopened its international borders for the first time since 2020, a clear indication that the country intends to pivot away completely from the strict zero-COVID policy that ravaged local economic growth over the past three years. Oil markets are betting that this reopening will spur a sharp recovery in demand,…

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Mexico’s Newest Oil Refinery Now Seen Working At Half Capacity in Mid-2023

Mexican state oil company Pemex’s newest refinery will reach half of its crude processing capacity in July, the national president said on Friday, marking the latest shift in timing for the project’s operations. The Olmeca oil refinery, being built next to the Dos Bocas port, is set to be Pemex’s eighth when it comes on line. It is key to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s plan to make the country self-sufficient in gasoline and diesel, ending longstanding heavy dependence on imports, mainly from U.S. refiners. Describing the construction of…

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