Crude oil futures gain 0.33% on positive global cues

Crude oil futures gain 0.33% on positive global cues

Official data from Russian Federation on Thursday showed that the country's oil output rose by 150,000 barrels per day (bpd) in July from June to 11.21 million bpd. Brent crude futures were at $73.15 a barrel, down 30c from their last close.

The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for September delivery lost 0.47 USA dollar to settle at 68.49 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for October delivery erased 0.24 dollar to close at 73.21 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange.

US crude oil refinery inputs averaged 17.48 million barrels per day during last week, which was 195,000 barrels per day higher than the previous week's average.

South Korea's imports of USA crude jumped more than fourfold to 14.1 million barrels in the first half of the year from a year ago, according to data from state-run Korea National Oil Corp.

"Trade volume is pretty low in futures today".

But a complete halt to Iranian supplies looks unlikely with Bloomberg reporting on Friday that China, Iran's biggest customer, has rejected a USA request to cut imports from the OPEC member.

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Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have increased production to help to compensate for an anticipated shortfall in Iranian crude supplies once planned USA sanctions take effect later this year.

According to a Reuters poll earlier this week, 44 economists and analysts expect the USA sanctions to take between 500,000 bpd and 1 million bpd of Iranian crude oil off the market.

"At the moment, there is a mismatch in timing, where there is increasing OPEC supply and yet we're not seeing a significant reduction in Iranian supply", Patterson said.

Worries about the possible loss of Iranian supply are being somewhat offset by concerns that global trade tensions could slow economic growth and crimp energy demand. China's Unipec, the trading arm of Sinopec, has suspended crude oil imports from the United States due to the growing trade spat between Washington and Beijing, three sources familiar with the situation said on Friday. "This primary US oil hub's inventory now sits at the lowest levels since 2014", he said.

The kingdom has been under acute pressure from President Donald Trump to open the taps as he chokes off exports from Saudi's political rival, Iran.

"It is nearly certain that China will impose additional duties on oil and refined products imported from the US if the Trump administration implements additional tariffs on the next tranche of Chinese goods". Gasoline stocks USOILG=ECI declined by 2.5 million barrels, while crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub for WTI futures USOICC=ECI fell 1.3 million barrels, EIA data showed.

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