Oil Price Edges Lower As Markets Shrug Off Supply Jitters: Report

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The oil prices reversed course on Wednesday after rising over 1% in the previous session, on a firmer dollar and as investors shrugged off jitters arising from supply cuts from Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Brent crude futures LCOc1 were down by 67 cents to $89.37 a barrel at 0822 GMT. US West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI) CLc1 futures traded at $86.05 a barrel, also down 64 cents.

Against a basket of currencies, the dollar was at 104.75, not far off the six-month high of 104.90 touched overnight. A stronger dollar can weigh on oil demand by making the fuel more expensive for holders of other currencies, The Business Standard reported.

“The reason the market gave back half of the gains and is listless this morning, is because within the language of the joint announcement there is a caveat that these cuts will be reviewed on a monthly basis,” said John Evans of oil broker PVM.

“This flexibility add-in allows for wiggle room, but the market smells a taper,” he said, citing conditions like anti-inflation battles in the US and other countries, whether crude prices near $100 a barrel, or the effect on Saudi oil revenues.

Reflecting supply concerns in the near term, the front-month Brent futures traded near 9-month highs at $4.13 a barrel above prices in six months.

For US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures, the spread between front-month and the six-month contract CLc1-CLc7 widened to as much as $4.88 a barrel on Wednesday, also hovering near nine-month highs.

Iranian crude supply rises could hobble price gains. “Iran is producing close to 3.1 million barrels per day (bpd) and plans to pump around 3.4 million bpd,” ING Economics analysts noted.

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