SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil markets opened cautiously on Tuesday, with many traders reluctant to take on large new positions ahead of the G20 gathering in Argentina this weekend and the OPEC meeting in Austria next week.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $51.52 per barrel at 0011 GMT, down 11 cents, or 0.2 percent from their last settlement.
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International Brent crude oil futures had yet to trade, but had barely hung on to $60 per barrel at the end of the previous day after Friday’s price plunge.
Since their most recent peaks in early October, oil prices have lost almost a third of their value, weighed down by an emerging supply overhang and by widespread weakness in financial markets.
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“The recent weakness seems … to have been driven by a wider impending sense of doom amidst weak equities, geopolitics, subsequent softening demand and increasing supply,” said Jack Allardyce, oil analyst at financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald Europe.
Looking ahead, Allardyce said “a...
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