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Brent hovers around $90 as inflation concerns offset Middle East tensions

Brent hovers around $90 as inflation concerns offset Middle East tensions

Brent hovers around $90 as inflation concerns offset Middle East tensions

London, Reuters – Amidst Fluctuating Oil Prices, Global Markets Watch as Brent Crude Navigates Economic Uncertainties

As of Thursday, global benchmark Brent crude teetered around the $90 mark, reflecting the market’s cautious stance amidst ongoing inflation concerns. Despite the short-term pressures, Brent remains in proximity to a six-month peak, underscoring investor vigilance over potential geopolitical shifts, particularly concerning Iran’s stance towards Israeli interests.

In the latest trading session, Brent crude futures experienced a slight downturn, shedding 44 cents to settle at $90.04 a barrel by 1321 GMT. Concurrently, U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures also saw a decline, dropping 58 cents to $85.63 a barrel. This market behavior suggests a complex interplay of economic and geopolitical factors influencing oil prices.

Vikas Dwivedi, a global energy strategist at Macquarie, highlighted the challenges in maintaining Brent’s price above the $90 threshold in the latter half of the year without tangible supply disruptions stemming from geopolitical tensions. “With expectations pointing towards a bearish turn for oil due to factors such as non-OPEC supply growth and potential demand softening from continued inflation, the market remains on edge,” Dwivedi stated.

Further complicating the landscape, recent minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve revealed concerns over inflation progress, hinting at the possibility of extended tight monetary policies. This shift in sentiment dampens earlier expectations of a rate cut, now potentially delayed until September.

Across the Atlantic, the European Central Bank maintained borrowing costs at record highs, signaling a cautious approach to interest rate adjustments. This stance reflects broader global uncertainties, including potential rate cuts and their impact on economic growth and oil demand.

Amid these financial deliberations, OPEC maintained a positive outlook on global oil demand for 2024, suggesting a resilient market despite the looming economic challenges.

The geopolitical scene remains tense, with the Middle East bracing for possible retaliatory actions by Iran following a suspected Israeli airstrike. The international community, including the United States, has expressed steadfast support for Israel amidst these tensions.

This multifaceted scenario of economic indicators, geopolitical tensions, and market dynamics offers a comprehensive view of the challenges and opportunities within the global oil market. As developments unfold, stakeholders closely monitor these factors to navigate the uncertainties ahead.