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Oil edges down amid cautious demand outlook By Reuters

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By Georgina McCartney and Trixie Yap

(Reuters) -Oil costs edged down in Asian commerce on Tuesday, after posting positive factors within the earlier session, as markets remained cautious about international demand development prospects amid expectations of stronger provides.

World benchmark futures slipped 13 cents, or 0.15%, at $84.12 per barrel at 0316 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures have been up 14 cents, or 0.17%, at $80.19 a barrel.

Each benchmarks gained round 2% on Monday, closing at their highest since April.

“The oil market shifted its focus back to fundamentals, which have been soft for some time,” mentioned BoFA commodity & derivatives strategist Francisco Blanch in a consumer notice, including that international crude oil inventories and refined product storage in america and Singapore, amongst different locations, was increased.

In the meantime, international oil demand development decelerated to 890,000 barrels per day year-on-year within the first quarter, and knowledge suggests consumption development doubtless slowed additional within the second quarter, he mentioned within the notice.

China’s oil refinery output slipped 1.8% from year-ago ranges in Might, statistics bureau knowledge confirmed on Monday, as refiners undertook deliberate upkeep overhauls and processing margins have been pressured by rising crude prices.

Markets have been additionally searching for additional clues on rates of interest, and the way the U.S. demand state of affairs would pan out, as a number of U.S. Federal Reserve representatives will likely be talking on Tuesday.

Some analysts remained bullish on the value influence of an extension by the OPEC+ group of provide cuts.

“The latest guidance provided by OPEC+, as well as their unchanged 2.25 million barrels per day demand growth outlook, signals a stagnation in oil supply growth for 2024 and an apparent downside risk to production in 2025,” mentioned Patricio Valdivieso, Rystad Power vp and international lead of crude buying and selling evaluation.

“Under these conditions — and the disconnect between the OPEC+ demand outlook and all other agencies — it is hard to remain fully bearish when global oil supply growth appears decimated,” he added.

Investor sentiment has been recovering since OPEC+ shocked gamers by saying plans to begin rising manufacturing from the beginning of October.

Hedge funds and different cash managers purchased the equal of 80 million barrels within the six most vital petroleum futures and choices contracts over the seven days ending on June 11. Purchases reversed about 40% of the 194 million barrels offered the week after the OPEC+ announcement.

Current rebounds in advanced refining margins, significantly in Europe and Asia, have been additionally supportive to markets, mentioned Sparta Commodities analyst Neil Crosby.

Refining margins at a typical advanced refinery in Singapore averaged at $3.60 a barrel for June to date, in contrast with $2.66 a barrel in Might.

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