Crude oil dips after hitting seven-year highs

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Crude oil dips after hitting seven-year highs

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Highlights

  • Crude oil prices tumbled on Thursday.
  • Brent crude oil prices hit above US$90 per barrel on Wednesday.
  • threats to the UAE from Yemen's Houthi movement had added concerns to the oil market.

Crude Oil prices fell back from seven-year highs on Thursday. Brent Crude oil hit above US$90 per barrel on Wednesday for the first time in the last seven years amid ongoing tension between Russia and the US. The concerns were balanced with the expectations that the US Federal Reserve will soon tighten monetary policy.

April delivery Brent Crude oil futures last traded at US$88.38 per barrel down 0.35%, whereas March delivery WTI crude oil futures traded 0.36% up at US$86.92 per barrel as of 28 January 2022 at 12:45 PM AEDT.

In addition to this, threats to the UAE from Yemen's Houthi movement had added concerns to the oil market.

Russia-US Tension

The world’s largest oil producer – Russia and the US have been under intense tension over Ukraine, increasing energy supply concerns for Europe.

Weighing on prices, the US Federal Reserve is likely to increase interest rates from March and planned to end its bond purchase to subdue inflation.

Falling oil prices

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As a result of this, the US dollar climbed up, making oil more expensive for buyers holding other currencies.

The oil watchers are now waiting for OPEC’s stance on rising oil output in March. The group has already raised 400,000bpd output each month since August to counterbalance the cuts made in 2020.

Both oil benchmarks rose for the fifth consecutive week in the last week to reach the highest level since 2014.

Bottom Line

Crude oil prices tumbled from seven-year high levels on expectations that the US Federal Reserve will soon tighten monetary policy.

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