Crude oil is tumbling again after its worst month in a year

Crude oil continues to fall on Monday following the commodity’s worst month in a year.

West Texas Intermediate crude futures — the US benchmark — declined 16% in July, as the bloated level of inventories did not go anywhere. WTI is down 2.09% to $40.70 per barrel, its lowest level since mid-April.

In June, supply disruptions in Canada and Nigeria supported prices above the $50-per-barrel mark. But crude has stepped lower since then, amid more proof that US inventories and non-US output continue to grow.

As Barclays outlined in a note on Monday, oil demand remains weak this summer — a period when inventories usually fall. This, and macroeconomic uncertainty, means the imbalance between demand and supply is likely to persist for a while longer, the note said.

Meanwhile, the major stock-market indexes are broadly unchanged to start the month, even as the S&P 500 sits right under the intra-day and closing highs it reached last week.

At 10:31 a.m. ET, the Dow is down 3 points, the S&P 500 is flat, and the Nasdaq is up 23 points, or 0.46%.

Tesla shares are down 0.8% while Solar City is down 4.8% after both companies announced a $4.6 billion combination.

In US economic data, Markit Economics and ISM both released their manufacturing surveys, which showed that the sector remained in expansion in July. Markit reported an uptick in export sales, while ISM said employment returned to contraction.

Additionally, construction spending fell sharply for a third straight month, shrinking by 0.6% in June.

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