Oil retreated below $47 in New York after OPEC officials failed Monday to work out a compromise on a deal to cut production and boost crude prices. Futures lost as much as 2.3 percent. West Texas Intermediate for January delivery lost as much as $1.06 to $46.02 a barrel on New York Mercantile Exchange and was at $46.09 at 12:15 p.m. in London. Prices Monday rose $1.02 to $47.08 a barrel. Brent for January settlement, which expires Wednesday, lost as much as $1.07, or 2.2 percent, to $47.17 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The contract advanced 2.1 percent to $48.24 a barrel Monday. The global benchmark traded at a $1.23 premium to WTI for the same month. The more-active February futures were down 64 cents at $48.57 a barrel. click Read More below for additional detail
Oil had been one of a slate of targets China listed in June for tariffs to counter those the Trump administration threatened on Chinese imports. The gambit jeopardized a budding relationship: Over the past two years China has become the biggest buyer of U.S. crude-oil exports, last year taking a fifth of the total.
But oil was off Wednesday’s final list. China’s Ministry of Commerce didn’t explain the omission and didn’t immediately respond to questions. Its statement accompanying the list called the U.S. measures “unreasonable” and said China had to counter them “to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and the multilateral trading system.” The dollar-for-dollar retaliation against the U.S. tariffs is set to take effect Aug. 23.
Analysts and industry insiders said the change could signal that China is reassessing its bluster, given its slowing economy, the ease with which crude sellers can find new buyers—and, most of all, its climbing reliance on foreign oil. China depends on imports for 70% of its energy needs, and the International Energy Agency forecasts that will climb to 80% by 2040.
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