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TOKYO — Oil costs fell on Monday, extending losses that final week ended a rally pushed by manufacturing cuts and robust Chinese demand, with the market’s restoration outlook being known as into query as coronavirus infections rise.
Brent crude fell 45 cents, or almost 1%, to $54.65 a barrel by 0207 GMT, after dropping 2.3% on Friday. U.S. oil was down by 43 cents, additionally almost 1%, at $51.93 a barrel, having declined 2.3% within the earlier buying and selling session.
The benchmarks had rallied in latest weeks, buoyed by the beginning of COVID-19 vaccine rollouts and a shock lower of crude output by the world’s greatest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia. Surging new infections all through the world, nevertheless, have raised doubts about how lengthy demand would maintain up.
U.S. drillers added additional stress by placing extra oil and pure gasoline rigs to work for an eighth consecutive week final week as a result of rising costs have made manufacturing extra worthwhile. Still, the variety of working rigs is lower than half of the extent of a 12 months in the past.
“Shale producers have indicated they will continue to keep their spending under control,” ANZ Research stated in a observe. “The economics also don’t favor a surge in drilling, with half of the industry still uneconomical.”
U.S. shale producers have shortly responded to market good points in recent times, profitable market share as Saudi Arabia and different main producers similar to Russia have lower manufacturing in an try and help international oil and gasoline costs.
In China, the place new COVID-19 infections have been rising, greater than 28 million individuals are in lockdown as Beijing tries to keep away from a resurgence of the coronavirus within the nation the place it was first found. (Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick; Editing by Tom Hogue)