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Brent crude rebounds to $47.57 per barrel

Date 21-Sep-2015
Subject Brent crude rebounds to $47.57 per barrel

SINGAPORE, SEPT 21 : Oil prices rebounded in Asia today but analysts said they remain weighed by a crude oversupply and fresh worries about the world economy after the Federal Reserve had decided last week against raising interest rates.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery, which expires tomorrow, rose 15 cents to $44.83 and Brent crude for November delivery was up 10 cents at $47.57 a barrel in late-morning trade.

Crude oil stockpiles

Oil stockpiles held by Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, climbed to a record, Bloomberg News reported.

It said the country’s commercial petroleum stockpiles advanced to 320 million barrels, the highest since at least 2002, citing data yesterday on the website of the Riyadh-based Joint Organisations Data Initiative.

Fed interest rate decision

Fresh worries have also emerged about the health of the global economy and its impact on oil demand after the Fed, the US central bank, held off raising benchmark interest rates last week.

Fed chief Janet Yellen said that bank policymakers cited the ongoing slowdown in China and recent turmoil on world markets as playing a role in the decision.

“Indeed, the Fed’s hesitancy only appears to have reinforced investors’ worries about the global economy, rather than reassure them,” Capital Economics said in a commentary.

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