Oil Hovers Below $72 Ahead Of US Crude Supply Data Notes Hiroyuka Maruyama, Global Markets CEO At Oppenheimer Lloyd In Tokyo.
Oil hovers below $72 in Asia as trader's eye supply data amid fears of slowing US economy notes Hiroyuka Maruyama, Global markets CEO at Oppenheimer Lloyd in Tokyo.
- (1888PressRelease) July 09, 2010 - Hiroyuka Maruyama, Global markets CEO at Oppenheimer Lloyd in Tokyo Stated Wednesday, "Oil prices hovered below $72 a barrel Wednesday in Asia as traders look to weekly crude supply data for signs of recovering U.S. demand."
"Benchmark crude for August delivery was down 26 cents to $71.72 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 16 cents to settle at $71.98 on Tuesday."
Oil investors will be mulling crude inventory levels announced by the American Petroleum Institute later Wednesday and the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration on Thursday.
Hiroyuka Maruyama, Global markets CEO at Oppenheimer Lloyd in Tokyo
Continued, "We expect crude supplies to fall 3.5 million barrels, while inventories of gasoline and distillates will likely rise."
Some analysts are concerned growth in developed countries will slow in the second half and next year as massive government spending programs taper off.
Hiroyuka Maruyama, Global markets CEO at Oppenheimer Lloyd in Tokyo added, "Following a robust increase in oil demand in the past year, the stimulus-driven rebound is giving way to slower growth, More worryingly, OECD oil inventories look high as demand is set to soften."
B of A cut its 2011 economic growth forecast for the U.S. to 2.6 percent from 3.3 percent.
In other Nymex trading in August contracts, heating oil was steady at $1.9162 a gallon, gasoline fell 0.42 cent to $1.9671 a gallon and natural gas rose 2.2 cents to $4.704 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Brent crude was down 34 cents at $71.11 a barrel on the ICE futures exchange.