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Oil prices fall as US continues to add to supplies

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New York:  Oil prices fell as US production continued to add despite price collapse.

US oil companies added more oil rigs this week despite the plunge in crude prices, marking the third straight week of an uptick in the rig count, Xinhua reported on Friday.

Data showed a weekly rise of 6 in the number of active US oil drilling rigs, making it 670, according to oil services company Baker Hughes’ Friday report.

US crude production added 52,000 barrels to 9.465 million barrels a day that week, according to the weekly report of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Wednesday. The rising production weighed on the market.

The global oversupply was currently running at 2 million barrels a day, compared with 1.8 million during the first six months of the year, according to a report released by Goldman Sachs Thursday.

The West Texas Intermediate for September delivery moved down 79 cents to settle at 43.87 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for September delivery decreased 91 cents to close at 48.61 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Future Exchange.

(IANS)

 

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US Dollar Weakens Amid Gloomy Economic Data

The Australian dollar rose to $0.7105 from $0.7094.

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The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, fell 0.15 per cent at 96.9817 in late trading. Pixabay

The US dollar declined as the allure of the greenback diminished amid a slew of downbeat economic data.

In late New York trading on Thursday, the euro rose to $1.1299 from $1.1269 in the previous session, and the British pound decreased to $1.2801 from $1.2850 in the previous session, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Australian dollar rose to $0.7105 from $0.7094.

The US dollar bought 110.47 Japanese yen, lower than 110.99 Japanese yen of the previous session. The US dollar was down to 1.0047 Swiss franc from 1.0088 Swiss franc, and it increased to 1.3281 Canadian dollars from 1.3250 Canadian dollars.

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The Australian dollar rose to $0.7105 from $0.7094. Pixabay

US retail sales in December fell 1.2 per cent from the prior month, the worst drop in nine years, the Commerce Department reported on Thursday.

The unexpected decline, which came after a downwardly revised 0.1 per cent increase in November, signals a weaker economic momentum.

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The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, fell 0.15 per cent at 96.9817 in late trading. (IANS)