Oil dips on concerns of slowing economic growth

20 Aug, 2018 8:38 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices dipped on Monday as concerns over slowing economic growth weighed on markets.

International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were at $71.78 per barrel at 0019 GMT, down 5 cents from their last close.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were down 4 cents, at $65.87 per barrel.

“Disappointing industrial data out of China along with concerns over emerging market economies centered on Turkey weighed on commodities,” Edward Bell of Emirates NBD bank said in a note .

In the United States, US energy companies last week kept the oil rig count RIG-OL-USA-BHI unchanged at 869, according to Baker Hughes energy services firm on Friday.

“The recent softening in benchmark prices should temper the pace of growth in US exploration and production activity and lead to slower overall output growth,” Bell said.

Outside the United States, traders said US sanctions against Iran could soon impact prices.

The US government has introduced financial sanctions against Iran which, from November, will also target the country’s petroleum sector.

Iran produced around 3.65 million barrels per day of crude in July, according to a Reuters survey, making it the third biggest producer within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), behind Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

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