Chinese Unipec suspends USA oil imports amid growing trade row

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Brent Oil Futures for October delivery rose 0.33% to $74 per barrel at 1:02AM ET (05:02 GMT), while Crude Oil WTI Futures for September delivery also went up by 0.12% to $69.09 a barrel, Investing.com reported.

Today, the bulls jumped in after President Donald Trump tweeted that the sanctions were "the most biting sanctions ever imposed".

US sanctions on Iran's energy sector are set to be re-imposed after a 180-day "wind-down period" ending on November 4.

The weakness was pronounced at China's independent oil refineries, known as teapots, which the market views as an indicator of real demand for the world's second biggest oil consumer, Kilduff said. Tuesday's sanctions primarily hit Iran's ability to function in global financial markets.

The agency slightly increased its expectation for 2019 production growth to 1.02 million bpd from 1.01 previously.

"This tender is the first step toward future imports of USA crude oil through term contracts", Sharma said in a phone interview on August 8.

Oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday, hammered by an escalating trade dispute between the United States and China, weak Chinese import data and a smaller-than-anticipated drop in American crude stockpiles. While Saudi Arabia was said to cut production last month despite a pledge in June by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies to add more barrels, Russian Federation said it has the capacity to lift output to a post-Soviet record.

On top of the impact on the broader global economy, there is growing worry in the crude oil market about Chinese demand.

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Week over week, USA crude oil exports rose by 540,000 barrels a day, and US production dipped by 100,000 barrels a day to 10.8 million barrels.

Indian Oil has bought 6 million barrels of U.S. crude for delivery in November to January, a company official said, as the nation's top refiner scouts for alternatives to Iranian oil ahead of impending USA sanctions.

Meanwhile, U.S. crude production, which has climbed dramatically fuelled largely by increased output from shale formations, may now rise more slowly as prices drop, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's monthly report.

On the 4 hour chart, crude oil is crossing above a solid resistance level of $69.45.

Crude oil prices plunge to their lowest levels in six weeks after total USA stockpiles of oil and fuel rose to a seven-month high and U.S.

Though China could indeed see oil demand growth slow in coming months, in part due to the ongoing trade row with the USA, in the mid to long term China's oil consumption thus its reliance on foreign oil will continue to grow. It fell 3.2 per cent to $72.28 a barrel in the previous session.

In the United States, nationwide crude stockpiles dropped 1.35 million barrels last week, according to the EIA, while supplies stored in the key hub of Cushing, Oklahoma, slid for a twelfth straight week, declining by 590,000 barrels.

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