|2020-08-28 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
中国石化新闻网讯 据Azernews网站8月26日消息 周三布伦特原油价格上涨，原因是美国生产商在飓风劳拉之前关闭了墨西哥湾的大部分海上石油产量，同时对中美贸易谈判的乐观情绪也提振了布伦特原油价格。
吴恒磊 编译自 Azernews
Brent prices climb on U.S. output cuts, China trade deal hopes
Brent crude oil prices rose on Wednesday, lifted by U.S. producers shutting most of their offshore output in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Hurricane Laura and optimism over China-U.S. trade talks, Trend reports with reference to Reuters.
But gains were capped amid renewed concern over the coronavirus pandemic, which has squeezed fuel demand, after reports from Europe and Asia of patients being re-infected with COVID-19, raising concerns about future immunity.
Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 added 10 cents, or 0.2%, to $45.96 a barrel by 0642 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 fell 5 cents, or 0.1%, to $43.30 a barrel. Both benchmarks settled at a five-month high on Tuesday.
“The hurricane impact is short-term bullish, but that could be short-lived if the damage to the Texas and Louisiana coasts cripples demand for an extended time,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA in New York.
The U.S. energy industry on Tuesday was preparing for a major hurricane strike. Producers evacuated 310 offshore facilities and shut 1.56 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude output, 84% of Gulf of Mexico’s offshore production - near the 90% outage that Hurricane Katrina brought 15 years ago.
“Markets are currently pricing in a possible near-term catastrophic gasoline shortage,” said Stephen Innes, chief global markets strategist at AxiCorp.
Further price support came from data from the American Petroleum Institute showing U.S. crude oil stockpiles fell more than expected last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the Department of Energy, will release its own official inventory data later on Wednesday.
Still, downward pressure came from concern about demand after data showing U.S. consumer confidence has tumbled to its lowest in more than six years due to concern about coronavirus-induced job losses.