MOSCOW (MRC) -- Oil prices dipped on Monday as concerns about China's faltering economic recovery and a stronger dollar took the momentum out of seven weeks of gains on tight supply, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.
Brent crude futures were down 63 cents at $86.18 a barrel by 11:55 a.m. EDT (1555 GMT), while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude lost 59 cents to $82.60 a barrel. Market participants are torn, weighing a tight supply-demand balance against signs of weakening demand from China, said Phil Flynn, analyst at Price Futures Group.
"Part of it seems to be the Monday morning blahs. I think we still have to face a market that's very tight," Flynn said.
Vandana Hari, founder of oil market analysis provider Vanda Insights, said a correction may be on the cards for crude markets.
"Crude has been in overbought territory for some time now, defying expectations of a correction," Hari said. She added that the focus had been on U.S. economic optimism, to the exclusion of economic headwinds in the euro zone and China. Weighing on oil prices, the U.S. dollar index extended gains after a slightly bigger increase in U.S. producer prices in July. That lifted Treasury yields despite expectations the Federal Reserve is at the end of hiking interest rates.
A stronger dollar pressures oil demand by making the commodity more expensive for buyers holding other currencies. Separately on Monday, a Shell spokesperson said exports of Nigeria's Forcados crude oil resumed on Sunday, roughly a month after loadings of the medium sweet grade were suspended because of a potential leak at the export terminal.
We remind, China's state-controlled Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Group is expected to double its purchases of Russian ESPO blend this year to about one million metric tons, according to two sources familiar with the plant's operations. The company is due to start up a 50,000 barrels per day crude processing unit at its refinery in landlocked Shaanxi province in the north later this month, after retooling work that allows the plant to process more crude.