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Brent futures were down 4 cents, or 0.1%, at $44.39 a barrel by 4:49 am GMT, while WTI futures were down 8 cents,or 0.2%, at $41.62 a barrel.
The massive blast at Lebanon’s main port rocked Beirut, raising concerns about fresh instability in the Middle East. Lebanese interior minister Mohamed Fehmi on local television attributed the explosion to stored ammonium nitrate, typically used in fertilizers.
Rising geopolitical tensions between the US and China also weighed on sentiment after both key benchmarks settled near five-month highs overnight. The American Petroleum Institute yesterday reported a larger-than-expected draw of 8.6 million barrels in US commercial crude inventories and gasoline stocks, providing a floor to plunging oil prices.
Japan’ services sector contracted for a sixth consecutive month in July, data showed on Wednesday, suggesting activity in the world’s third-biggest economy and fourth-biggest oil importer remained under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic.
On the supply side, an unexpected demand boost for fuel oil is poised to ease with the return of some OPEC+ crude supply from this month. Saudi Aramco is poised to delay the release of its official selling prices for September as producers face pressure to reduce the cost of their crude with demand ebbing.
On another note, Libya is planning to export just 1.2 million barrels in
August, down almost 40% from July, as most of its oil facilities remain shut amid a civil war.
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