Oil falls on strong dollar, crude glut; storms limit losses

Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:51pm EDT
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By Barani Krishnan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices fell Tuesday, with Brent losing nearly 2 percent, as the dollar rallied and glut worries grew amid forecasts for higher U.S. crude stockpiles and Iran's remark that it was on target to reach peak production.

News that energy firms in the U.S. regulated areas of the Gulf of Mexico had shut some 22 percent of crude oil equivalent output as a precaution to threats from a tropical storm limited some of the downside in crude prices.

Brent crude futures LCOc1 settled down 89 cents, or 1.8 percent, at $48.37 per barrel.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 fell 63 cents, or 1.3 percent, to close at $46.35.

It was a second straight day that oil slid on worries of oversupply and a strong dollar, adding to Monday's drop of more than 1 percent in Brent and WTI.

"Today is just another economic story that's fed the dollar's strength and with the weekly build expected in U.S. crude, prices are getting a double whammy," said Tariq Zahir, a trader in WTI timespreads at Tyche Capital Advisors in New York.

"Yes, we have storm concerns but they are not really affecting production as much as the market bulls would like."

After the market settled, the trade group American Petroleum Institute reported that U.S. crude stockpiles rose 942,000 barrels last week, in line with expectations of analysts polled by Reuters. The U.S. government will release official inventory data on Wednesday. [EIA/S]   Continued...

View of gasoline pumps at a petrol station in Paris in Paris, France, May 26, 2016. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier