CRUDE OIL DOWN 20% FROM JUNE HIGHS, NEAR USD40

Oil-Field

WASHINGTON (Alliance News) – Crude oil futures continued to fall toward USD40 a barrel Friday morning, extending steep weekly losses on speculation the global supply glut will worsen.

The Energy Information Administration on Wednesday reported that commercial crude oil inventories gained 1.7 million barrels in the week to July 22.

Meanwhile, Baker Hughes CEO Martin Craighead said he does not expect oil prices to bounce back to sustained levels above USD50 anytime soon.

WTI light sweet crude oil for Sept was down 43 cents at USD40.71 a barrel, having entered bear market territory.

Prices are down more than 20% from June highs.

The Coast Guard has reported a 4,200-gallon crude oil spill in #Louisiana’s Barataria Bay.

US Gross domestic product climbed by 1.2% in the second quarter following a downwardly revised 0.8% increase in the first quarter.

Economists had expected GDP to jump by 2.6%.

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