Futures Movers: Oil prices edge lower after 7th straight weekly gain


Oil futures edged lower Monday, consolidating after scoring a seventh straight weekly gain on concerns about tightening crude supplies.

Price action

  • West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery CL00, -1.26% CL.1, -1.26% CLU23, -1.26% fell 34 cents, or 0.4%, to $82.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
  • October Brent crude BRN00, -1.11% BRNV23, -1.11%, the global benchmark, was off 29 cents, or 0.3%, at $86.52 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe.
  • Back on Nymex, September gasoline RBU23, -1.76% dropped 0.9% to $2.939 a gallon, while September heating oil HOU23, -0.42% was off 0.2% at $3.116 a gallon.
  • September natural gas NGU23, +1.08% edged up 0.3% to $2.778 per million British thermal units.

Market drivers

Oil has rallied this summer as Saudi Arabia in July implemented a voluntary production cut of 1 million barrels a day — a cut that was recently extended through September. Russia has also moved to extend an additional supply cut of 300,000 barrels a day.

But concerns about demand from China are seen as potentially capping the potential for further upside, analysts said.

“While the oil market has a considerable tailwind filling its sails, it still has many uncharted challenges. Specially it’s unclear how much China’s colossal import demand was due to stock-building, which could lead to lower demand in the future,” said Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management, in a note.

“And, of course, given their worsening economic situation, no one is sure if Russia will follow through with its production cut pledges,” he wrote.

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