Oil Falls as Drop in China Industrial Profit Indicates Weak Demand

Published By : 28 Sep 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

As several industrial companies’ profits in China witnessed a weakening demand, oil halted its growth near $45 per barrel. 

West Texas Intermediate futures declined 1.2% after the increase of 2.3% last week. The industrial profits in China dropped 8.8% last month. It was the most in at least four years. The U.S. nonfarm payrolls data and measures of the factor output are due for this week. 

The U.S. crude supply was nearly 100 mn barrels larger than the five-year average albeit the drop for two weeks at a go. 

As Chinese economy is slowing down, crude’s rally is clambering a six-year low in August amid the speculation of the global glut that is expected to prolong in the near future. Iran, on the other hand, prepares to expand and boosts its exports in the middle of the progress on the accord to raise sanctions against OPEC’s fourth-largest producer. 

People are highly concerned about the Chinese market, said the President of Emori Capital Management Inc. For the past few weeks, the fairly negative performance of the crude prices has driven China’s demand into slowing down. WTI for November delivery declined 55 cents to $45.15 per barrel on the NY Mercantile Exchange and further traded at $45.32 at 12:41 p.m. Singapore time. 

The prices increased 1.8% on Friday to $45.70 and the volume of futures traded at 51% below the normal 100-day average cap limit. The contract has lost 8% this month. 

Brent crude oil fell 0.7% to $48.26 per barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. 

The Chinese industrial profits declined the most ever since the government started releasing the monthly data in October 2011. The fall was attributed to the declining product prices, foreign exchange losses, and lower investment returns, said an analysis on the National Bureau of Statistics website. 

The market’s still in the adjusting process and witnessing the different trends in the world economy. 

Oil explorers halted the rigs for a fourth week, conserving the cash during the prolonged market slump. 

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