Crude oil prices fell sharply at the end of last week and have extended their losses as the new week begins. At the time of this writing, Brent oil was back at $50 per barrel and WTI was hovering around $48.50, a good 6% off its high on Thursday.
Oil prices jumped over 2% on Monday to their highest since November 2015 on growing Nigerian oil output disruptions and after long-time bear Goldman Sachs said the market had ended almost two years of oversupply and flipped to a deficit.
Crude oil prices rose about 3% on Tuesday, recovering a chunk off losses from the previous session, as supply disruptions of 2.5 million barrels per day in Canada and elsewhere offset concerns about growing record high U.S. crude stockpiles.
Oil fell on Monday, surrendering gains made after Canada's most destructive wildfire in recent memory knocked out over a million barrels in daily production capacity, as caution among investors prevented a return to late April's 2016 price highs.
A huge wildfire near Canada's oil sands region and escalating tensions in Libya stoked concern among investors over a near-term supply shortage, driving crude prices up for the first time in a week on Thursday.
Oil futures slid after setting a 2016 high on Thursday as traders locked in profits, though analysts said supply disruptions, strong investor appetite and a weakening dollar could push prices higher soon.