Friday, 18 December 2015

Oil heads for third weekly loss after Fed rate hike

Crude futures fell in Asian trading on Friday as fresh signs of inventory building and the Federal Reserves rate hike this week kept prices under pressure amid a global glut of oil that shows no sign of abating. 

US crude's West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures CLc1 were down 18 cents at USD 34.77 a barrel by 0104 GMT (8.04 am EDT). The contract fell 1.6 percent to USD 34.95 a barrel on Thursday. 

Brent LCOc1 fell by 19 cents to USD 36.87 a barrel. It fell 33 cents to USD 37.06 a barrel on Thursday. Both contracts are on track to post a third week of losses, with US crude down 2.4 percent and Brent off by 2.6 percent. 

WTI is less than 60 cents away from the low reached during the global financial crisis of USD 32.40 in December 2008, while Brent is less than 70 cents off its nadir of USD 36.20 the same month.

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