Elsewhere, key regions including the U.S. and China are rebounding from the virus, while India’s biggest refiner is boosting fuel production. The bullish backwardation in some futures markets has eased so far this week, though that’s likely a softening ahead of expiry at the end of the month, rather than an indicator of a bigger correction to come.
“In order to keep prices at current levels where oil prices do not inhibit the economic recovery, the world requires more supply,” said Kevin Solomon, an analyst at brokerage StoneX Group Inc. “From a global perspective, there are seemingly growing concerns over the increase in the Covid-19 delta variant.”
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The U.K. on Monday reported the most new Covid-19 cases since January, and Hong Kong, Spain and Portugal all imposed new restrictions for visitors from the nation. Authorities are also racing to contain outbreaks in Australia. The resurgence may lead to export-focused refiners in Asia trimming processing rates.
Meanwhile, OPEC+ expects that the market will remain in deficit this year if it keeps production steady, according to data that technical experts will review on Tuesday ahead of the coalition’s main meeting later in the week. The group may boost daily output by 500,000 to 1 million barrels a day, RBC Capital Markets said in a note.
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