Oil Prices Fall As Weak Factory Data Stokes Demand Concerns

Oil continued its downward trend during Tuesday morning trading session in Asia after several countries reported weak manufacturing data stoking fears of sluggish demand. Surveys from the United States, Europe and Asia showed that factories struggled for momentum in July, reported Reuters.

Factory Activity: According to The Institute for Supply Management (ISM), its index of U.S. factory activity dipped to 52.8 last month, which is the lowest reading since June 2020.

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The S&P Global’s final manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 49.8 in July in the eurozone from June’s 52.1, reported Reuters.

Similar concerns were seen in Asia where South Korea’s factory activity declined for the first time in almost two years while Japan too witnessed its slowest growth in activity in 10 months dragged by supply chain disruptions.

OPEC+ Meet: Market participants are also waiting for the Wednesday meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies including Russia where participants will decide on the September output.

Price Movement: West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures fell 0.7% and were trading close to the $93.23/barrel mark. Brent Futures, too, lost 0.86% to trade at $99.17/barrel.

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