Oil Prices Down as China Places More Tariffs on Crude and Other U.S. Products

26/08/2019 05:11:33 Commodities

Oil Prices were down on Monday in Asia after China announced late last week an additional 10% tariff on $75 billion of U.S. products, including crude.

In retaliation, U.S. President Donald Trump said he ordered U.S. companies to consider closing operations in China and make products in the United States instead.

U.S. Crude Oil WTI Futures dropped 1.3% to $53.46 by 1:02 AM ET (05:02 GMT), while International Brent Oil Futures fell 1.1% to $58.15.

“Oil prices have entered the rocky ranges, trapped in a world of wild moves but still getting nowhere, as it appears lost in a range somewhere,” said Phil Flynn, senior market analyst for energy at The Price Futures Group brokerage in Chicago.

“Of course, the moves are compelling because whatever way we break out of this range could mean a major move. We think it will be to the upside, but technically it could be a big move to the downside.”

Reuters reported that the Chinese 5% tariff on U.S. oil imports could further soften demand for physical crude at hubs along the U.S. Gulf Coast, where exporters already have taken to shipping crude overseas without firm buyers.

Also adding to concerns of a possible recession is weak economic data that showed U.S. manufacturing industries registered their first month of contraction in almost a decade.

U.S. GDP and durable goods data due later this week are expected to be in focus.