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Oil Remains Stable Close to Two-Month High as US Stockpiles Decline

Latest Updates on Oil Prices and Market Trends

Oil prices are holding strong near a two-month high, with West Texas Intermediate hovering around $84 a barrel after a recent surge. The rise in prices comes as US crude stockpiles saw a significant decline of over 12 million barrels last week, the largest drop in nearly a year.

However, the gains are being tempered by Saudi Aramco’s decision to reduce the price of its Arab Light crude, as well as concerns about demand in China, the world’s largest importer of crude oil. Despite these factors, geopolitical tensions and weather-related disruptions are keeping oil prices well supported in the $80s range.

Additionally, the threat to Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production from Hurricane Beryl has diminished, with major drilling areas and platforms spared from the storm’s impact. This has provided some relief to the oil market as major producers like Exxon Mobil and Shell can continue operations without disruption.

Overall, oil prices have risen over 14% from recent lows in June, driven by OPEC supply constraints, summer demand expectations, and bullishness in equity markets. While Citigroup analysts believe that current strength in oil prices may ease, the market continues to be influenced by a complex mix of factors.

As traders and investors navigate these uncertainties, the oil market remains a key area to watch for potential developments that could impact global energy prices.

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