Oil fell below $43 a barrel on Friday as a resurgence of coronavirus cases raised concern that fuel demand growth could stall, although crude was still headed for a weekly gain on lower supply and wider signs of economic recovery.
Source: reuters by Jane Chung, Alex Lawler
The United States reported more than 55,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, a new daily global record for the pandemic. The rise in cases suggested U.S. jobs growth, which jumped in June, could suffer a setback.
“If this trend continues, oil demand in the region is at risk,” said Louise Dickson of Rystad Energy.
Brent crude LCOc1 was down 51 cents, or 1.2%, at $42.63 a barrel by 0923 GMT, and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 fell 56 cents, or 1.4%, to $40.09.