Azeri LT CIF crude oil, exported from Azerbaijan to the world markets, decreased by $ 0.25 (0.44%), settling at $ 56.57 per barrel, Report informs.
The lowest price for Azeri Light was recorded on April 21, 2020 ($ 15.81), and in July 2008, the all-time high was $ 149.66.
On Thursday, oil prices eased for a second day as mounting coronavirus cases globally raised demand concerns, although a drawdown in U.S. crude stocks for a fifth straight week and robust data from China capped losses.
“Oil market’s sizzling rally likely took a hiatus as the stronger dollar, and the omnipresent gasoline supply overhang offset the evaporating U.S. crude inventories,” said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at Axi.
U.S. crude oil stockpiles last week fell more than expected, while gasoline and distillate inventories rose as refiners ramped up output to its highest level since August, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.
China, the world’s second-largest oil consumer, reported its biggest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases in more than ten months as infections in northeastern Heilongjiang province nearly tripled, underscoring the growing threat ahead of a major national holiday.
Governments across Europe announced tighter and longer coronavirus lockdowns on Wednesday due to a fast-spreading COVID variant first detected in Britain as vaccinations are not expected to help much for another two to three months.
Oil producers face an unprecedented challenge to balance supply and demand as factors, including the pace and response to COVID-19 vaccines, cloud the outlook, an official with International Energy Agency (IEA) said.