Demand worries overshadowed a drop in crude stocks after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) seemed to suggest refiners going into maintenance and a weakening demand for gasoline helped send the market higher.
More signs of a slowdown in the Chinese economy may not be enough to overcome a potential slowdown in U.S. oil output. The preliminary Caixin/Markit China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 47.0 in September, its lowest since March 2009 yet only down slightly from last month. The weakness was well telegraphed by other readings but how well telegraphed was the drop in U.S. oil inventories?
She's got the whole world in her hands, she's got the whole wide world in her hand, she's got the whole world in her hand... Fed Chair Janet Yellen and her band of merry men punted on raising interest rates mainly on concerns of low inflation and concerns about the global economic world.
Oil prices fell sharply on Tuesday after official data showed China's manufacturing sector, one of the main engines powering the world's biggest energy consumer, contracted at its fastest pace in three years
Since July, every time crude oil gets a bid there is some news to squash the rally. This time the People's Bank of China, in a surprise move, devalued its currency causing its biggest one day sell-off in almost 20 years.
Crude oil markets got a pop as they tried to look beyond this Greek debt debacle to the expectations that U.S. oil output will continue to fall and tropical Storm Bill in the Yucatan Peninsula may slow operations in refineries and oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.