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Oil Was Mixed As Storm Threatens U.S. Coast

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Oil rates were blended on Monday with U.S. crude rising as tropical storm in the gulf coast of Florida forced rigs to shut down, however the gains were held in check by wider dilemmas about excess supply and demand that is dropping fuels.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures (CLc1) were up 9 cents, or 0.2%, at $37.42 a barrel by around 0050 GMT. Brent(LCOc1 that is crude had been down 3 cents at $39.80 a barrel.

Both contracts ended week that is last, a 2nd consecutive week of declines.

Tropical Storm Sally gained in strength in the gulf west of Florida on and had been poised to become a category 2 hurricane Sunday. The storm is oil that is disrupting for the second time in less than the usual month after hurricane Laura swept through the region.

Typically oil increases when manufacturing is shut but with the coronavirus pandemic getting even worse demand concerns are towards the fore, while global supplies continue to improve.

“A lacklustre season that is driving the U.S. has seen the market reassess its view of U.S. demand,” ANZ Research said in a note. Also “with U.S. refiners now shutting down for maintenance, crude need is probably to stay soft.”

The U.S. is the world’s oil consumer that is biggest and producer.

BP Plc (L:BP) and Equinor ASA (OL:EQNR) evacuated staff from some platforms that are offshore after similar moves by Chevron Corp (N:CVX) and Murphy Oil Corp (N:MUR) the time before Sunday.

A move that could add more supplies towards the market, though it was unclear if oil fields and ports would begin operations in Libya, commander Khalifa Haftar committed to ending a months-long blockade of oil facilities. Oil rates were blended on Monday with U.S. crude rising as tropical storm.

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