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Crude Oil Prices Settle Lower on Demand Concerns

Crude Oil Prices Settle Lower on Demand Concerns© Reuters. Crude oil prices fell on Monday

Investing.com – WTI crude oil prices settled lower Monday, amid investor concerns that a tropical storm could dent crude demand, but losses were limited by ongoing expectations for a fall in Iranian crude exports amid looming U.S. sanctions.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, for October delivery fell 0.30% to trade at $67.55 a barrel, while on London’s Intercontinental Exchange, rose 0.77% to trade at $77.42 a barrel.

As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina, investors have seemingly become concerned that crude demand could come under pressure, hurting oil prices, as people and businesses in the region are expected to hunker down.

Some analysts echoed those concerns, as Florence’s path is far from refineries and oil production.

Yet, there is potential for output as well as demand disruption as storms Isaac and Helene may hit energy production, said Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at Price Futures Group.

Heading into settlement, however, crude prices cut losses as investors continued to bet on steep losses of Iranian crude from market as the Islamic Republic’s exports are showing signs of vulnerability ahead of U.S. sanctions due in November.

President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May, allowing sanctions against Iran to snap back into place. The first wave of sanctions went into effect last month and a second set of sanctions on Iran’s crude exports are slated for early November.

data showed money managers increased their net positions in to 565,700 lots from 550,300 lots for the week ended Sept. 7.

Oil prices were also supported by expectations that major oil producers would continue to maintain output levels amid pressure from the United States.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is expected to meet his counterparts from Saudi Arabia and Russia on Monday and Thursday, respectively, to encourage the world’s biggest producers and exporters to keep output elevated. President Trump has repeatedly complained about high oil prices and earlier this year accused OPEC of artificially elevating oil prices.

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Source: Investing.com

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