On Friday, both US and UK crude futures’ prices scheduled to be expired on July had winded down the day with broad-based gains, however, had pared some of their earlier gains on later-afternoon trading hours over growing angsts that the steady spike in pandemic cases in the United States might have muzzled the US economy’s sharp rebound.
In point of fact, both US and UK crude opened Friday’s commodity market in an upbeat tenure, however, turned their tails and were pulled off from their session highs on late-afternoon trading hours after Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren alongside other US state Governors had been quoted saying that the US economy would require further monetary support to cushion up the clattering fallouts of the pandemic outbreak.
Aside from that, an Apple Inc. move to shut down some of its US stores citing a spike in pandemic cases had added to further investors’ worries and had led to a wobbling trickle in appetites for the riskier assets, eventually dragging down both US and UK crude futures from their session highs.
Oil oozes despite frugal drawdown in sentiment as Iraq & Kazakhs pledge to further oil output cut
If truth is to be told, Friday’s early highs of both US and UK crude futures’ prices were almost entirely galvanized by the pledges of Iraq and Kazakhstan to comply with further oil output cuts, raising possibilities of a deeper production cut in July, however, a late-session sell-off wave strongly emerged into existence after an Apple Inc.
move had justified the market whisper of a pandemic resurgence. Citing statistics, on Friday’s commodity market closure, UK crude futures’ prices ended up 1.3 per cent higher to $42.19 per barrel and US WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude futures’ prices gained 1.5 per cent to settle down the day at $39.75 a barrel, while US WTI crude futures and Brent crude futures rose 8.7 and 9 per cent respectively this week.
Meanwhile, referring to the spike in pandemic cases in the United States which had butchered prospects of an earlier economic recovery and rekindled questions over crude oil demand in a longer-term outlook, a partner at energy hedge fund Again Capital in NY, John Kilduff said on Friday, “It’s spooked everyone in North and South Carolina”.