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Oil prices rebound in Asian markets

Monday, 6 January 2014 - 9:36am IST | Place: Libya | Agency: PTI
Oil prices rebounded in Asian trade today on bargain hunting and concerns over Iraqi exports after militants bombed a major pipeline north of the country.

Oil prices rebounded in Asian trade today on bargain hunting and concerns over Iraqi exports after militants bombed a major pipeline north of the country.

However, analysts said prices still faced downward pressure due to easing demand and the return of normal Libyan oil production that would bolster supplies.

New York's main contract West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for February delivery was up 17 cents at USD 94.13 in mid-morning trade, while Brent North crude also for February rose 24 cents to USD 107.13.

WTI fell USD 1.48 on Friday, ending the week down more than USD 6.

"Everyone is talking about how this year is going to be better but if you look at the data from the bigger countries like US and China, they are all trickling down slightly," said Kelly Teoh, market strategist at IG Markets in Singapore.

"You have all these countries that want to increase production but the demand is stabilising or flat at best," she told AFP.

The US Energy Information Administration's weekly stockpiles most recent report appeared at first glance a strong support for prices after commercial crude inventories fell 7.0 million barrels to 360.6 million in the world's biggest economy.

But the data also showed rises in product stockpiles such as gasoline, suggesting demand was not as strong as the fall in crude reserves implied, analysts said.

The easing of crude demand comes as Libya resumes normal production.

A spokesman for the Libyan National Oil Corporation told AFP last week that the 330,000 barrel a day El Sharara field is expected to resume normal output, after protesters had agreed to stop a strike.


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