Oil falls but losses capped by hopes of easing trade tensions


Oil falls but losses capped by hopes of easing trade tensions

Oil prices fell on Tuesday on persistent concerns over future demand, but losses were capped by optimism U.S.-China trade tensions will ease and hopes major economies will take stimulus measures to ward off a possible economic slowdown.

Brent crude was down 51 cents at $59.23 a barrel by 1339 GMT, while U.S. crude was down 73 cents at $55.48 a barrel. Both contracts had traded in positive territory earlier in the session.

The United States said it would extend a reprieve that permits China’s Huawei Technologies to buy components from U.S. companies, signalling a slight softening of the trade conflict between the world’s two largest economies.

“The U.S.-China trade spat has been at the centre of the oil market demise, which has sent the global economy to the brink of recession and negatively impacted oil demand forecasts,” Stephen Innes, managing partner at VM Markets, said in a note. Read More

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