Petroleum Products and Gold Prices Slump on Global Trading

Petroleum Products: Storage of oil and petrochemical products

On Thursday, after tumbling almost 5% overnight on growing crude stockpiles, oil prices recovered.

Petroleum products such as U.S. Crude Oil WTI Futures soared 3.1% to $52.69. International Brent Oil Futures also grew by 2.9% to $57.88.

Today, oil prices were backed by reports of possible producer actions to bolster oil markets.

A news report said the world’s top exporter contacted other producers and is in process to do something in halting the slide in prices. An unnamed official from Saudi Arabia was mentioned. The U.S. Energy Information Administration in its weekly oil inventory report announced prices dropped overnight. Meanwhile, crude stockpile improved by 2.39 million barrels in the week to August 2.

The forecasts for the petroleum products were in contrast with the stockpile draw of 2.85 million barrels after slumping of 8.5 million barrels in the previous week.

Gasoline inventories unexpectedly surged by 4.44 million barrels as reported by the EIA. This is in contrast to anticipations of drawing over 0.72 million barrels.

Meanwhile, distillate stockpiles rose by 1.53 million barrels, in comparison to forecasts of a 0.48 million gain.

The Sino-U.S. ongoing trade war was also referred to as a headwind for oil prices.

After the U.S. slapped additional tariffs on more Chinese goods, expectations of a quick trade deal diminished.

Tensions escalated further after the People’s Bank of China reportedly devaluated the yuan this week, prompting Washington to label Beijing as a currency manipulator.

China and the U.S. are the world’s biggest oil importers.

Gold Prices Tumbled

On Thursday in Asia, as global stock markets recovered on a stronger-than-expected Chinese yuan daily fixing level, gold prices declined.

December delivery for gold futures traded on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange plunged 0.5% to $1,512.50.

Today, global stocks increased after the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) set the yuan’s daily reference rate at 7.0039 per dollar on Thursday.

This week, the Chinese currency also breached the key seven level.

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