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crude today // 14-01-2020
Focus on demand issues

By Srinivas Chowdary Sunkara // petrobazaar // 14th January, 2020.

Brent futures prices for March settlement lost 78 cents to $64.2 while WTI oil futures prices  for Feb delivery shrank 96 cents at $58.08 a barrel last night. In Shanghai, crude oil main contract futures prices dropped 2.2 Yuan or 0.46% to 476.9 Yuan/barrel while MCX crude futures settled down Rs.70 at Rs.4132 yesterday. Brent oil traded at a premium of $6.12 over WTI during the session.

The world crude benchmark price indexes further sagged down yesterday following ease of middle east tensions, Participants have had a time to focus on fundamentals. Investors shifted their focus on sense of over supply and lackluster seasonal demand after looking at last week's bearish inventory data. Analysts are in the opinion that U.S refinery margins sapped crude prices particularly winter demand for hating oil disappointed suppliers. Turning to trade deal, U.S-China trade agreement is scheduled to be signed on Wednesday and is largely discounted in the price level which may not provide strong boost to price level. On the data side, API predictions are awaited later tonight. As per Reuters survey, U.S crude stocks likely to decrease while product stocks are estimated to rise. Today morning, Asian markets are opened in green. I guess bears will continue to celebrate till we see the weekly numbers. 

Good day to all.

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