Oil prices fell on Wednesday on worries about a possible second wave of coronavirus cases in countries starting to ease lockdowns, while industry data showed a rise in U.S. crude inventories.
The concerns overshadowed a further call by Saudi Arabia for larger production cuts to balance the market following a virus-induced demand slump, after OPEC’s biggest producer said earlier this week it planned to add to cut output again.
Brent crude (LCOc1) was down 58 cents, or 1.9%, at $29.40 by 0221 GMT, having risen 1.2% on Tuesday. U.S. crude was down 39 cents, or 1.5%, at $25.39 a barrel, after jumping nearly 7% in the previous session.
“While the market feels more comfortable on the supply side of the equation, on the demand side, the focus will continue to revolve around the risks of easing lockdowns,” said Stephen Innes, chief markets strategist at AxiCorp.