US oil tumbles over 6pc as markets tank

A driver enters the yard to fill up his gas tanker truck at Marathon Oil on May 20, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. — AFP pic
A driver enters the yard to fill up his gas tanker truck at Marathon Oil on May 20, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. — AFP pic

LONDON, July 19 — The US oil price tumbled more than six per cent today, a day after producers decided to increase output and as stock markets slumped with surging Covid cases threatening economic recovery.

The benchmark US crude contract, WTI, was down by 6.1 per cent at US$67.42 per barrel around 1435 GMT.

Europe’s Brent North Sea shed 5.4 per cent to US$69.61.

OPEC crude producers and their allies on Sunday agreed to pump an extra 400,000 barrels per day from August to meet rising demand as economies reopen.

At the same time, market are increasingly nervous that the spreading Delta virus variant could undermine the economic recovery.

Edward Moya, an analyst at Oanda trading group, said investors worldwide were selling stocks, commodities and cryptocurrencies and instead buying US Treasuries, or bonds, which were seen as a safer bet.

“Risk aversion is firmly in place as the Delta Covid variant spread is triggering a flight to safety as global economic concerns intensify,” he added in a client note. — AFP

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