EU price caps on Russian oil, China’s zero-Covid policy and OPEC production plans are weighing on the market
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Global oil prices dropped to their lowest level since the start of the year on Monday, November 28, amid falling demand concerns.
Brent crude was down $2.35, or 2.8%, to $81.36 per barrel as of 07:30 GMT. Earlier in the day, the global benchmark had reached $81.16, its lowest level since January 11. The US crude benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI), had slumped by $2.23, or 2.9%, to $74.05 per barrel, its weakest mark since January 6. It briefly dropped to $73.82 intraday, its lowest since December last year.
Both benchmarks have posted three weekly declines in a row, with Brent slumping 4.6% last week, while WTI dropped 4.7%.
“Bearish sentiment is growing in the oil market with mounting concerns over demand in China and a lack of clear signs from oil producers to further cut output,” Tetsu Emori, CEO of Emori Fund Management, told Reuters.
Beijing’s strict Covid-19 policy is limiting the country’s factory activity, which is lowering demand from the world’s biggest oil importer.
OPEC and allies, known as OPEC+, have agreed to reduce their production target by two million barrels per day in 2023. It is still unclear whether the group will opt for more cuts when they meet next on December 4.