Prices Fall to Lowest in Three Months Over Demand Concerns

By Published On: August 19, 2021Categories: Daily Market News & Insights

This morning prices fell to their lowest numbers since May, partly due to concerns over weakening demand accompanied by fast-rising COVID-19 cases in the United States. The infection rate, along with rising COVID-19 deaths in the United States and abroad, has once again put the world on notice of a potential massive world lockdown. This morning crude oil opened at $64.58, trading as low as $62.83 at some points. Diesel opened at $2.0019 and gasoline at $2.1294.

While the COVID-19 situation is being carefully watched worldwide, something even more sinister is happening overseas. The Afghanistan situation, with the Taliban taking over the country, continues to worsen. Oil futures markets rely on stability, so instability – especially in the Middle East – will likely slowly trickle down toward investors, who take that worry to the market. “The markets evaluate this as risk, and they add a premium to this, or they could actually use it as a negative premium and force prices down,” said Tim Snyder, Economist at Matador Economics.

The last country to stand between the tension-filled relationship between China and Iran was Afghanistan, which has now been overrun with terrorism. With virtually the entirety of Afghani leadership fleeing the country to seek refuge, the effects of the relationship between China and Iran will now surely be felt in the coming months as it impacts the oil market. COVID-19 and the deteriorating situation in the Middle East are all playing large roles in the oil supply and demand chain and the effects of these situations are just beginning to be felt.

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