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Last Updated : Sep 08, 2015 02:36 PM IST | Source: Reuters

Oil prices stabilize on strong German data

German exports and imports hit record highs in July despite a slowdown in China. Exports climbed by 2.4 percent on the month to 103.4 billion euros (USD 115.58 billion) while imports grew 2.2 percent to 80.6 billion euros, the highest values on record.


Oil prices stabilized at low levels on Tuesday as strong German economic data countered Asia's darkening outlook that continues to clash with a global supply glut.


German exports and imports hit record highs in July despite a slowdown in China. Exports climbed by 2.4 percent on the month to 103.4 billion euros (USD 115.58 billion) while imports grew 2.2 percent to 80.6 billion euros, the highest values on record.


Traders said that the strong German data had helped counter a further darkening of Asia's economic outlook.

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US crude was at USD 44.74 per barrel at 0730 GMT, down USD 1.31 since Friday's close, weighed down by the closure of the largest crude distillation unit at Exxon Mobil Corp's 502,500 barrels-per-day (bpd) Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery.


US markets were closed on Monday for a holiday.


Brent futures, unaffected by the refinery closure, added 66 cents to USD 48.18 barrel, although the global benchmark was still down USD 1.09 cents from its opening value on Monday.


Japan's economy shrank an annualised 1.2 percent in April-June despite ongoing measures to support growth.


In China, crude oil imports fell 13.4 percent in August to 26.59 million tonnes (6.29 million barrels per day) from the previous month.


Yet Igor Sechin, chief executive of Russian oil-major Rosneft said during the Financial Times' Commodity Retreat in Singapore this week that Asia's slowdown "has a controllable character" due to a firming Chinese real-estate market, while unlike during the 1997/98 crisis most Asian countries now had significant currency reserves.


Sechin also said that he expected China's oil demand to continue to boom in the long-term: "In 15 years, according to our estimates, China will consume 850 million tonnes of oil, i.e. 350 million tonnes of oil more than now."


Yet oversupply dominates current markets. Morgan Stanley said it expected prices to remain low but volatile until a global overhang in production was worked off by the fourth quarter of 2016.


Oil prices have fallen almost 60 percent since June 2014 on a global glut created by soaring output and slowing demand.


OPEC is producing close to records to squeeze out competition, especially from US shale drillers, so far with little effect.

Rosneft's Sechin put a lid on speculation that Russia might cooperate with the OPEC to curb output to reign in oversupply saying Russia could not easily cut its production as its oil firms had foreign partners with a responsibility to shareholders rather than the government.



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First Published on Sep 8, 2015 02:36 pm
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