- Oil prices rose on Tuesday as slowing new coronavirus cases sparked hopes of a demand recovery.
- West Texas Intermediate crude rose 2.4% to $US42.94 per barrel, while international benchmark Brent crude gained nearly 2% to $US45.78 per barrel at intraday highs Tuesday.
- On Monday, oil also got a boost after Saudi Aramco’s CEO Amin Nasser said he sees oil demand in Asia returning to pre-pandemic levels as the economy reopens and activity resumes.
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Oil prices rose on Tuesday as slowing new coronavirus cases sparked hopes that demand will recover for the commodity.
In the US, new coronavirus cases appear to be slowing as the number of people hospitalized for the illness fell below 50,000 for the first time in a month. In addition, sentiment was lifted by hopes that the US will pass further stimulus for coronavirus relief, and Russia’s announcement that it registered the first COVID-19 vaccine.
Oil has struggled to recover amid the coronavirus pandemic, which hit market demand for the commodity at the same time a price war broke out between OPEC and its allies, weighing on prices. As the US and the world slowly reopen from pandemic-related shutdowns, oil has trended higher.
On Monday, oil also got a boost after Saudi Aramco’s CEO Amin Nasser said he sees oil demand in Asia returning to pre-pandemic levels as the economy reopens and activity resumes.
The gains Tuesday come ahead of a weekly report from the US Energy Information Administration that analysts forecast will show the third straight drop in American crude stockpiles. In the coming weeks, OPEC, the EIA, and the International Energy Agency will also release monthly reports on the oil market.
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