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Last Updated : Jul 03, 2020 04:16 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Crude oil futures slip 1.03%, WTI trades below $40 a barrel

In the futures market, crude oil for July delivery touched an intraday high of Rs 3,031 and an intraday low of Rs 2,995 per barrel on MCX.


Crude oil futures eased to Rs 3,000 per barrel on July 3 as participants increased their short positions. Crude oil continues to trade in a broad range amid lack of clear cues.

Tapan Patel, Senior Analyst (Commodities), HDFC Securities, said crude oil prices decline on Friday on worries over demand recovery on growing fear of coronavirus resurgence. The US has reported the jump in virus cases by 50000 for the third consecutive day which has raised questions over fuel demand recovery from the top oil consumer.







"Upbeat economic data shows that economic activity is picking up pace and signs of progress in vaccine development has been supporting the price at lower levels. US markets are closed today for Independence Day holiday. Hence, trading volumes may remain low and keep prices choppy," said Ravindra Rao, VP- Head Commodity Research at Kotak Securities.








In the futures market, crude oil for July delivery touched an intraday high of Rs 3,031 and an intraday low of Rs 2,995 per barrel on MCX. So far in the current series, black gold has touched a low of Rs 1,655 and a high of Rs 3,153.

Crude oil delivery for July eased Rs 31, or 1.03 percent, to Rs 2,993 per barrel at 15:22 hours IST with a business turnover of 4,468 lots.

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Crude oil delivery for August slipped by Rs 31, or 1.02 percent, to Rs 3,015 per barrel with a business volume of 123 lots.

The value of July and August contracts traded so far is Rs 971.47 crore and Rs 3.48 crore, respectively.

Patel expects oil prices to trade sideways to up for the day with support at $38 and resistance at $42. MCX Crude oil July futures has support at Rs 2,920 with resistance at Rs 3,080.

West Texas Intermediate crude slipped 1.72 percent at $39.95 per barrel, while Brent crude, the London-based international benchmark was down 1.60 percent to $42.45 per barrel.

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First Published on Jul 3, 2020 03:59 pm
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