Brent falls for second straight day as India's Covid crisis escalates

2021-05-03 13:57:02 GMT (Economies.com)
Brent falls for second straight day as India's Covid crisis escalates

Brent crude continued to fall as the US market opened on Monday, deepening losses for the second straight day due to profit-taking from a 6-week high, and fears over the Indian demand as the coronavirus crisis worsens in the world's third largest oil consumer.

 

Brent fell 0.9% to $66.12 a barrel, after opening at $66.73, and hit a low of $67.12.

 

Brent crude lost 2.75% on Friday, its first loss in 4 days, due to profit-taking from a 6-week high of $68.94 a barrel.

 

Oil prices gained 6.25% on April, the fifth monthly gain in 6months, thanks to expectations of improved global demand during the second half of 2021.

 

The coronavirus crisis continued to escalate in India despite local and global efforts to contain it, with rising new cases and deaths to new record levels for the 12th day.

 

Covid-19 cases have surpassed 20 million people, which makes India the second worst country impacted by the pandemic.

 

With overwhelmed hospitals and morgues, and deaths continued to mount, the Indian authorities tightened the lockdown restrictions in large parts of India, which weighs down on fuel demand in the world's third largest oil consumer, which forced refiners to cut operations.

 
 
 
  Symbol Last Change Chg.%
1.2090
-0.0083
0.6847%
1.4046
-0.0090
0.6360%
Tadawul
10322.68
86.96
0.85%
26.973
-0.832
2.990%
64.750
-0.642
0.982%
67.90
-1.42
2.05%
1819.645
-24.580
1.333%
 
 
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