Oil prices dip ahead of British EU vote, US stockpiles
SINGAPORE—Oil prices fell in Asia Tuesday, snapping two days of gains, ahead of a report on US crude inventories and the British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union. Worries that Britons will vote to leave the EU on Thursday has frayed nerves, and global investment titans Li Kashing and George Soros warned of economic doom if the country exits. “Uncertainty around the outcome of the EU referendum is... likely to have resulted in a trimming of stretched long positions in the oil market,” British bank Barclays said in a note, projecting a “volatile path ahead for oil prices” over the second half of the year.
“In the event that the UK votes to leave the EU, we expect global economic growth to stagnate, and that factor would have the most influential impact on oil prices over the next 4-6 quarters,” it added. At about 0750 GMT, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate fell 41 cents, or 0.83 percent, to $48.96 and Brent was down 48 cents, or 0.95 percent, at $50.17. “Oil has been dominated by general market sentiment over the past week and less by specific oil factors,” Angus Nicholson, a markets analyst in Melbourne at IG Ltd told Bloomberg News.—AFP