Oil Prices Ease On Europe Concerns
Oil prices have slipped in Asian trade, with weaker US energy demand and fears the eurozone debt crisis could re-ignite casting a shadow over the market, analysts said.
New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate crude for delivery in May was down 28 cents to $US102.42 per barrel while Brent North Sea crude for May shed 21 cents to $US119.97 in morning trade.
The dip in oil prices came despite equities markets rebounding from the previous day’s sharp falls that were sparked by renewed eurozone fears.
“The main factor depressing oil prices… is the rise in US crude stocks once again,” said Nick Trevethan, senior commodities strategist at ANZ Research in Singapore.
The US Department of Energy on Wednesday reported that the nation’s crude oil stockpiles rose 2.8 million barrels in the week ended April 6, higher than the 2.2 million barrels estimated by analysts.
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