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Oil prices rise as US ramps up support to blunt coronavirus economic impact


Oil prices rose on Tuesday on hopes that the United States will attain a deal quickly on a $2 trillion coronavirus assist bundle which might blunt the economic impact of the outbreak and in flip support oil demand.

Brent crude oil futures for May supply rose by 62 cents, or 2.Three per cent, to $27.65 a barrel by 0346 GMT whereas West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures gained 76 cents, or 3.Three per cent, to $24.12.

Both value benchmarks had risen over $1 earlier earlier than pulling again barely.

“Oil is clawing its way higher mainly on the back of the weaker dollar that stemmed from the Fed’s unprecedented measures,” stated Edward Moya, senior market analyst at dealer OANDA.

“WTI crude volatility will remain high and traders should not be surprised if this rally eventually gets faded.”

The US Federal Reserve on Monday rolled out a rare array of packages to backstop an financial system reeling from restrictions on commerce that scientists say are wanted to gradual the coronavirus pandemic.

While a $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bundle remained stalled within the US Senate on Monday as lawmakers haggled over its provisions, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin voiced confidence {that a} deal can be reached quickly.

The anticipated stimulus pushed the US greenback decrease as it’ll improve the money provide. The greenback index, which measures the dollar towards six main currencies, fell 0.5 per cent on Tuesday.

A weaker dollar boosts dollar-denominated oil prices since consumers paying in different currencies can pay much less for his or her crude.

Still, the general crude demand outlook stays low as lengthy as journey restrictions are in place and governments curtail business actions to forestall the coronavirus unfold.

Prices and revenue margins for motor and aviation fuels globally are beneath extreme strain from a plunge in demand as nations implement lockdowns and airways floor planes, forcing extra refineries to cut back output and decrease their crude oil demand.

Concerns over oil demand had been additionally stoked by a doubling of latest coronavirus circumstances in China, the world’s largest oil importer, brought on by a soar in contaminated vacationers returning dwelling from abroad. That is elevating the chance of transmissions in Chinese cities and provinces that had seen no new infections in latest days.

“While the anticipated lengthy absence of air traffic presents a significant obstacle in its own right, the expected ramp in supply, which suggests storage will fill very quickly, and then prices will plummet as physical demand continues to evaporate,” stated Stephen Innes, chief international markets strategist at AxiCorp.

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