Oil resumes drop as COVID-19 and supply concerns weigh


TOKYO – Oil dropped towards $68 a barrel on Tuesday, extending the previous session’s steep slide, pressured by concern that rising COVID-19 infections could weaken demand again just when OPEC+ is increasing supply. Monday’s selloff had pushed oil to a two-month low and hit other riskier assets. While equities avoided a new selloff on Tuesday, U.S.

Treasury and German bond yields also slipped as a reminder that investors remained worried. “As things stand, it is hard to see prices staging a comeback unless virus jitters are brought back under control,” said Stephen Brennock of oil broker PVM. “The market is clearly unsettled about the demand outlook.” Brent crude fell 23 cents, or 0.3%, to $68.39 a barrel by 1353 GMT, having slid by 6.8% on Monday. U.S. crude for August, which expires later on Tuesday, was down by $1.19, or 1.8%, at $65.23 after falling 7.5% on Monday. The September U.S. crude contract was down 1.6% at $65.31. The Organization...read more...