(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Oil prices bounced on Friday as closure of a major
Canada-to-U.S. crude pipeline disrupted supplies, but both
benchmarks were headed for a weekly loss on worries over slowing
global demand growth, trend reports with reference to reuters .
Brent crude futures were at $76.70 a barrel, up 55 cents, or
0.72%, at 0434 GMT after dropping 1.3% on Thursday.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 52 cents, or 0.73%, to
$71.98 a barrel after settling 0.8% lower in the previous
News of an accident closing Canada's TC Energy's Keystone
pipeline in the United States prompted a brief rally on Thursday,
but prices finally eased as the market took a view that the closure
would be brief. More than 14,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into
a creek in Kansas, making it one of the largest crude spills in the
United States in nearly a decade.
Previous spill-induced outages are typically rectified in about
two weeks, RBC Capital analyst Robert Kwan said, although the
latest outage may prove longer given that it involves a spill into
Oil prices are set to post their biggest weekly drop in months,
since traders expect it will be months before the benefits of China
easing COVID controls feeds through to demand.
Surging infections will likely depress China's economic growth
in the next few months, bringing a rebound only later in 2023,
'The market lacks conviction in calling a bottom to crude
despite the strong losing streak of the past several sessions,'
Vandana Hari, founder of oil market analysis provider Vanda
Thursday's price slump despite two major crude supply
disruptions is a bit bewildering and suggests growing cluelessness,
she further said.
'It is likely exacerbated by thinning trading activity, wherein
the few remaining actors are playing it safe by continuing to sell
and steering clear of the long side,' Hari added.
Also on the downside, the U.S. economy is heading into a short
and shallow recession over the coming year, according to economists
polled by Reuters who unanimously expected the U.S. Federal Reserve
to go for a smaller 50 basis point interest rate hike on Dec.
The European Central Bank will take its deposit rate up by 50
basis points next week to 2.00%, despite the euro zone economy
almost certainly being in recession, as it battles inflation
running at five times its target, another Reuters poll found.