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Oil falls on fears inflation may dent fuel demand growth

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MELBOURNE, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Oil costs dropped on Wednesday, after a combined end within the earlier session, amid worries that hovering coal and pure fuel costs in China, India and Europe will stoke inflation and gradual international growth, lowering oil demand.

A powerful U.S. greenback, buying and selling close to a one-year excessive, additionally weighed on oil costs, because it makes oil dearer for these holding different currencies. learn extra

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 71 cents, or 0.9%, to $79.93 a barrel at 0247 GMT after gaining 12 cents on Tuesday.

Brent crude futures fell 70 cents, or 0.8%, to $82.72 a barrel, extending a 23 cent loss on Tuesday.

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday minimize its growth outlooks for the United States and different main economies on worries provide chain disruptions and price pressures are holding again the worldwide financial restoration from the coronavirus pandemic. learn extra

Commonwealth Bank analysts highlighted the IMF’s concern that “momentum has weakened and uncertainty has increased”.

However, oil watchers are nonetheless centered on whether or not hovering fuel and coal costs will result in extra demand for oil merchandise for energy era.

“There are growing expectations that the high prices for gas and thermal coal are likely to boost demand for alternative fuels such as diesel and fuel oil,” ANZ Research analysts mentioned in a observe.

The market can also be awaiting U.S. oil stock information, delayed by a day following the Columbus Day vacation on Monday.

Analysts polled by Reuters estimate U.S. crude inventories rose by 100,000 barrels within the week to Oct. 8, which might mark a 3rd straight week of will increase.

They additionally estimated that gasoline stockpiles rose about 100,000 barrels, whereas distillate inventories, which embody diesel, heating oil and jet fuel, dropped by about 1 million barrels.

Data from the American Petroleum Institute, an business group, is due at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) on Wednesday and from the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Thursday.

Reporting by Sonali Paul; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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