Oil steady as vaccine news counters rise in virus cases

Oil prices were little changed on Tuesday, trapped in the narrow trading band of the past three weeks as investors gauged hopes for a recovery in oil demand against fears of new lockdowns due to a growing number of coronavirus cases.

FILE PHOTO: Pumpjacks are seen against the setting sun at the Daqing oil field in Heilongjiang province, China December 7, 2018.

TOKYO: Oil prices were little changed on Tuesday, trapped in the narrow trading band of the past three weeks as investors gauged hopes for a recovery in oil demand against fears of new lockdowns due to a growing number of coronavirus cases.

Prices were offered some support by positive news on the development of vaccines as drugmakers and medical institutions rush to find a way to counter the world’s worst health crisis in a century.

Brent futures were up 15 cents, or 0.4per cent, at US$43.43 by 0117 GMT, while West Texas Intermediate (WTI) edged up 2 cents to US$40.83.

The closing prices of both Brent and WTI have traded within a US$2 channel so far this month.

In China, some cinemas reopened on Monday after a six-month closure, raising hope a recovery from the pandemic is holding in the world’s second-largest economy, where the outbreak first started.

“With major economies opening … demand should pick up for oil, and more so if a vaccine becomes available soon,” said Fawad Razaqzada, market analyst at ThinkMarkets.

However, other countries from the United States to India are still posting record numbers of infections, while some nations such as Spain and Australia are battling renewed outbreaks.

More than 14.6 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 606,979​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Hope is being giving from a number of studies and tests showing promise for various vaccines.

Early data from trials of COVID-19 vaccines released on Monday, raised confidence that a vaccine may be created although any breakthrough will take time to reach the billions of people needed.

In the first big energy deal since the coronavirus crushed fuel demand, Chevron Corp said on Monday it would buy oil and gas producer Noble Energy Inc for about US$5 billion in stock.

Z24 News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

Logitech first-quarter operating profit jumps more than 75per cent

Mon Jul 20 , 2020
Logitech International reported a more than 75per cent increase in non-GAAP operating income in its first quarter as rise in homeworking boosted demand for its webcams, video conferencing products and headsets during the coronavirus lockdowns. REUTERS: Logitech International reported a more than 75per cent increase in non-GAAP operating income in […]

Share

Social menu is not set. You need to create menu and assign it to Social Menu on Menu Settings.