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Oil Rises After Two-Day Drop as Investors Assess Demand


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(Bloomberg) Oil rose as traders assessed the outlook for demand amid the rapid spread of omicron.Futures in London climbed above $72 a barrel in a volatile trading session on Tuesday, having fallen about 5% over the past two days. The new virus variant accounted for 73% of all Covid-19 infections in the U.S. last week, but city traffic in Europe held up over that same period, pointing to a limited demand impact so far.

Oil edges higher after Monday's selloff

Crude’s gains came against the backdrop of surging gas and power prices in Europe, with France even burning fuel oil in a bid to keep the lights on. The oil market got a boost from expectations that there would be a major switch in power consumption toward crude and petroleum products earlier in the year, and natural gas prices in Europe were above $300 a barrel of oil equivalent on Tuesday.

Still, oil has faltered toward the end of the year, in part due to the emergence of the new Covid-19 strain ahead of winter. The oil market structure is flashing bearish signs, indicating near-term over-supply, which may require OPEC+ to act when the group meets next month.

“A relief bounce is unlikely to drive a major turnaround in sentiment with the Brent prompt spread signaling an oversupplied market” said Ole Hansen, head of commodities strategy at Saxo Bank A/S.

Prices
  • Brent for February settlement climbed 1.5% to $72.59 a barrel at 12:11 p.m. London time
  • West Texas Intermediate for February delivery rose 1.7% to $69.80 a barrel

See also: Chinese Road Congestion Falls to Lowest in Four Weeks: BNEF

The rout across financial markets on Monday was exacerbated by Senator Joe Manchin’s rejection of President Joe Biden’s roughly $2 trillion package. The president spoke to Manchin on Sunday, a conversation that the White House believes left the door open to revive talks on the spending plan, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Other oil-market news:
  • Global oil and natural gas discoveries are heading for the lowest level since Harry Truman was the U.S. president, according to Rystad Energy.
  • Libya suspended crude exports from two of its ports after militias shut down the nation’s biggest field days before an election.
  • U.S. refiners are ramping up gasoline shipments to overseas markets as they balance lucrative export margins with firm domestic demand.


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