On Friday, crude prices remained around April minimums as slowing economic growth threatened to drastically worsen ongoing oversupply of oil as well as refined products.
International Brent crude oil futures were worth $42.78, showing a 8 cent surge from their previous close. Meanwhile, US West Texas Intermediate crude futures traded at $41.16, rising 2 cents.
Brent achieved its lowest value since April during last trading session, hitting $42.56, while WTI boasted another minimum of $40.95 per barrel on Friday. Currently, both crude benchmarks are down approximately 20% since their last high in June.
Due to ongoing oversupply, American bank Goldman Sachs told this week that it didn’t expect a huge recovery in prices any time soon.
Financial experts are still expecting that crude prices will stay within a $45 per barrel to $50 per barrel trading range in mid-2017.
Besides this, some experts told that recent price drops in oil had been heavily overdone, especially as demand is still strong notwithstanding worries over future economic growth.
Gold soars as BOJ notes downside risks to economy
Gold grew during Asia trade as Japan’s number one financial institution moved cautiously in its recent policy review, but indicated that it might act in the future if required.
In New York, December delivery gold futures edged up 0.45%, being worth $1,347.25 per troy ounce. As for September delivery silver futures, they gained 0.57%, trading at $20.307 per troy ounce. At the same time, September delivery copper futures sagged 0.45%, being worth $2.206 per pound.
Market participants were on the lookout for moderate easing measures. While Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe disclosed a broad ¥28 trillion stimulus measure on Wednesday, Reuters posted that the Japanese government might only offer as much as ¥7 trillion in direct fiscal stimulus.
Still if Abe appears to be unable to deliver on his promises of jump starting the national economy with a broad stimulus initiative, then the BOJ could feel extra pressure to lower interest rates more into negative territory.