中国石化新闻网讯 据8月10日Rigzone报道，沙特阿美石油公司（Saudi Aramco）预计，尽管世界上许多地区仍在努力控制冠状病毒，但石油需求结束了连续两天的跌势，并将在今年剩余时间里继续改善。
CMC Markets Asia Pacific首席市场策略师麦卡锡(Michael McCarthy)表示，需求复苏好于预期，这支撑了价格。欧佩克减产的放松已经反映在价格中，但市场对今年下半年经济复苏的看法不一。
美国贝克休斯公司(Baker Hughes Co.)上周五公布的数据显示，在美国，活跃钻机数量减少了4台，至176台，为2005年7月以来的最低水平。在过去的四个半月时间里，各个公司几乎都在不间断地暂停钻机作业。
王佳晶 摘译自 Rigzone
Oil Up as Aramco Sees Demand Recovery Continuing
Oil snapped a two-day losing streak as Saudi Aramco predicted demand will continue to improve through the rest of the year, despite many regions across the world struggling to bring the coronavirus under control.
Crude consumption in Asia is almost back to pre-virus levels, Aramco Chief Executive Officer Amin Nasser said Sunday after the world’s top exporter reported a slump in second-quarter profit. Meanwhile, oil drilling in the U.S. fell to a 15-year low as explorers abandoned growth plans and as billions of barrels from old discoveries became worthless.
Oil is showing some signs of potentially breaking higher after being stuck near $40 a barrel since early June as rising virus infections raised doubts about a sustained recovery. However, OPEC+ is set to test the appetite for demand, returning some supply to the market from this month following historic production cuts.
The demand recovery is better than expected and that’s supporting prices, said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets Asia Pacific. The easing of OPEC+ cuts has already been priced in, but sentiment is mixed toward an economic recovery through the second half of the year, he said.
West Texas Intermediate for September delivery rose 1.1% to $41.66 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 7:50 a.m. London time after falling 1.7% on Friday
Brent for October settlement gained 0.7% to $44.71 on the ICE Futures Europe exchange after dropping 1.5% on Friday
Oil demand is around 90 million barrels a day, Aramco’s Nasser said, compared with pre-pandemic levels of roughly 100 million barrels a day. The state-controlled company reported a 73% slump in second-quarter net income after crude prices collapsed following a crash in consumption.
In the U.S., the number of active drill rigs fell by four to 176, the lowest since July 2005, according to Baker Hughes Co. data released Friday. Companies have been parking rigs on an almost uninterrupted streak for more than four and a half months.