Crude Oil WTI Futures Market News and Commentary
Mar WTI crude oil (CLH20) on Friday closed down -1.40 (-2.52%), Mar Brent crude oil (CBH20) closed down -1.35 (-2.20%), and Mar RBOB gasoline (RBH20) closed down -0.0471 (-2.99%).
The energy complex fell sharply for a third day Friday with Mar WTI crude at a 2-3/4 month low, Mar Brent crude at a 1-1/2 month low, and Mar RBOB gasoline at a 3-1/2 month low. Energy prices sold off Friday on concern the spread of the deadly Chinese coronavirus will undercut global economic growth and energy demand. Goldman Sachs on Wednesday warned that the spread of the virus may cut global oil demand by -260,000 bpd this year. There is concern the virus may spread further as hundreds of millions of Chinese prepare to travel across the country and globally for the New Year holidays that begin this Friday. France reported the first 2 cases in Europe on Friday and the U.S. reported that 2 more people were infected by the virus. There are more than 900 cases of the virus reported thus far with 26 d... Read more