Oil prices drop nearly 1 percent on recession concerns; Germany’s shrinking manufacturing output data adds to slowdown woes

Both crude oil price benchmarks have slumped by more than 3 percent since last week hitting their highest since November 2018.

Reuters March 25, 2019 11:43:44 IST
Oil prices drop nearly 1 percent on recession concerns; Germany’s shrinking manufacturing output data adds to slowdown woes
  • Brent crude oil futures were at $66.56 per barrel, down 47 cents, or 0.7 percent, from their last close

  • Concerns about a potential US recession resurfaced late last week after bearish remarks by the US Federal Reserve

  • ANZ bank said the darkening economic outlook “overshadowed the supply-side issues” the oil market was facing

Singapore: Oil prices dropped by almost 1 percent on Monday, with concerns recession could be looming outweighing supply disruptions from OPEC’s production cutbacks and from US sanctions on Iran and Venezuela.

Brent crude oil futures were at $66.56 per barrel, down 47 cents, or 0.7 percent, from their last close.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures were at $58.52 per barrel, down 52 cents, or 0.9 percent, from their previous settlement.

Oil prices drop nearly 1 percent on recession concerns Germanys shrinking manufacturing output data adds to slowdown woes

Representational image. Reuters

Both crude oil price benchmarks have slumped by more than 3 percent since last week hitting their highest since November 2018.

Concerns about a potential US recession resurfaced late last week after bearish remarks by the US Federal Reserve, with 10-year treasury yields slipping below the three-month rate for the first time since 2007.

Historically, an inverted yield curve - where long-term rates fall below short-term - has signalled an upcoming recession.

Adding to the fears of a more widespread global downturn, manufacturing output data from Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, shrunk for the third straight month.

“Estimates for growth and earnings have been revised down materially across all major regions,” said US bank Morgan Stanley.

ANZ bank said the darkening economic outlook “overshadowed the supply-side issues” the oil market was facing amid supply cuts led by producer club Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as well as the US sanctions on Venezuela and Iran.

The OPEC and non-affiliated allies such as Russia, together referred to as ‘OPEC+’, have pledged to withhold around 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil supply this year to prop up markets, with OPEC’s de facto leader seen to be pushing for a crude price of over $70 per barrel.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

White House announces new sanctions against Iran for violating UN arms embargo
World

White House announces new sanctions against Iran for violating UN arms embargo

The Donald Trump administration said it was imposing sanctions on 27 individuals and entities, including Iran's defence ministry, under a UN resolution

Donald Trump warns Iran of '1,000 times greater' response after report claims plot to assassinate US ambassador
World

Donald Trump warns Iran of '1,000 times greater' response after report claims plot to assassinate US ambassador

Iran foreign ministry spokesperson dismissed the report of an assassination plot as "baseless" and part of "repetitive and rotten methods to create an anti-Iranian atmosphere