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Oil Prices Slips as Trade Wars Over Shadow Demand Concerns

Oil prices slipped on Tuesday on demand concerns following the most recent indicators the U.S.-China trade war is dragging on the worldwide economy, though the potential for conflicts within the Middle East offered support.

Brent crude futures have been down 14 cents, or 0.2%, at $63.97 a barrel by 0524 GMT. They fell 12 cents on Monday.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures had been down 20 cents, or 0.4%, at $57.46 a barrel. They rose 15 cents within the earlier session.

Oil prices are being strained by worries about demand because the U.S.-China trade war, heading into its second year, curb prospects for global economic growth, which impacts oil demand. The countries are the world’s two largest oil consumers.

Japanese authorities’ figures on Tuesday additionally confirmed that actual wages within the nation fell for a fifth straight month. The nation is the world’s fourth-largest user of crude.

Hedge funds offered new Brent futures and choices final week as issues in regards to the world economy trumped the decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies to extend output cuts.

Iran threatened to restart deactivated centrifuges and step up its enrichment of uranium to 20% in a transfer that additional threatens the 2015 nuclear agreement that Washington deserted last year.

Washington has imposed sanctions that get rid of advantages Iran was meant to obtain in return for agreeing to constrain on its nuclear program underneath the 2015 cope with world powers.

In the meantime, Goldman Sachs mentioned growth in U.S. shale production was more likely to outpace that of worldwide demand at the least using 2020, limiting gains in oil prices regardless of output curbs led by OPEC.

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