Oil slid by the most in three weeks as a stronger dollar and weak U.S. economic data stoked concerns over an economic rebound.
Oil headed for its biggest monthly drop since March as renewed lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus threatened to upend a shaky demand recovery.
Oil held onto losses after U.S. government data showed the first crude stockpile gain in four weeks, adding to concerns over a demand recovery with stimulus talks in limbo.
Oil in New York plunged below a key technical level for the first time since June as concerns over progress on another round of U.S. fiscal stimulus compounded growing fears that a sustained recovery in demand is still some way off.
Oil tumbled below $40 a barrel for the first time in a month, with a sell-off in equities and a stronger dollar exacerbating demand concerns as a lackluster summer driving season draws to a close.
Gasoline futures surged as Hurricane Laura headed toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, threatening refinery operations and crude production in the region.
Oil is poised for the first weekly decline this month as signs of stumbling recoveries in major economies from Europe to Asia threaten to delay a demand rebound.
Oil is poised to post a second straight weekly gain, buoyed by an improving global economic picture and rising U.S. gasoline demand.
Oil swung between gains and losses as uncertainty over the prospect of a U.S. virus relief bill that could boost fuel consumption offset signals of tightening global supply.
Oil extended its rally and hit a two-week high after an explosion at Lebanon’s main port rocked the capital Beirut, pointing to geopolitical instability in the region.