Oil prices retreat with global markets as more rigs restart
SINGAPORE—Oil prices slipped again Monday, extending last week’s losses and mirroring a sell-off across Asian markets fuelled by worries about the global economy, Britain’s future in the EU and producers bringing more rigs back online. The retreat comes after US benchmark West Texas Intermediate last week hit an 11-month high thank to a weaker dollar, which makes the commodity cheaper for anyone using other curren- cies. Dealers are cautiously awaiting meetings of the US Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan this week hoping they will at least provide some guidance on monetary policy.
There is also increasing nervousness that Britain will vote to leave the European Union, with some opinion polls saying the “leave” camp in front just over a week before the June 23 referendum. There are worries that such a decision could lead to a fresh wave of turmoil across global markets. “This week as well as the next will likely see increased volatility in the markets. The tide surrounding the Brexit sentiment will quickly shift as headline polls drive trading,” Bernard Aw, a strategist for IG Markets wrote in a note. “While there are no expectations for action from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan, their post-decision comments will still matter.—AFP
KUNMING, CHINA: People visiting stalls at the first day of 4th South and Southeast Asia Import and Export Exposition, which will continue.