Oil Price Increases By 3% As Recession Fears Fade

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Oil rose almost 3% on Monday as U.S. recession fears eased and some traders took the view that crude’s recent price slide was overdone with three straight weekly declines for the first time since November, says an article published on Hellenicshippingnews.

Labour market strength

A healthy U.S. jobs report for April helped oil to climb by about 4% on Friday even though labour market strength could compel the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates higher for longer.

Brent crude was up $1.83, or 2.4%, at $77.13 a barrel by 1200 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude gained $2.06, or 2.9%, to $73.40.

Reported strong job data

“Oil’s rebound follows energy stocks’ comeback on Wall Street last Friday after the U.S. reported strong job data, which eased concerns about an imminent economic recession,” said CMC Markets analyst Tina Teng.

Friday’s rebound

Brent had finished last week with a decline of about 5.3% while U.S. crude plunged by 7.1% even after Friday’s rebound. Both benchmarks were down for three weeks in a row for the first time since November.

Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank, said oil’s recent drop looked excessive.

Established short sellers

“An oversold market condition combined with Brent managing to find support ahead of the March low forced recently established short sellers to seek cover, potentially highlighting that the recent sell-off was overdone,” he said.

Voluntary output cuts

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) analysts on Saturday said that concerns over near-term demand and elevated supplies were “overblown”.

A round of voluntary output cuts by some members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies, together called OPEC+, begin this month and the group holds its next meeting on June 4.

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Source: Hellenicshippingnews