• Oil prices tumble to fresh 5-year lows

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    SINGAPORE: Crude struck fresh five-year lows in Asia on Tuesday, with analysts forecasting further falls owing to weak demand, a global supply glut and fewer production halts.

    US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January delivery fell 52 cents to $62.53 while Brent for January eased 69 cents to $65.50 in afternoon trade.

    WTI tumbled $2.79 in New York to hit its lowest closing point since late July 2009, while Brent tanked $2.88 in London to its lowest close since
    September 2009.

    “An extended period of lower oil prices should be positive for the global economy as a whole, including key emerging economies led by China and India,” said research house Capital Economics in a commentary.

    “However, we also see scope for renewed worries about the impact on the big losers, including geopolitically important economies like Russia, and on the oil industry itself,” it added.

    The London-based firm said prices were likely to face “additional downward pressure” next year due to a projected reduction in global supply outages, the possible return of Iranian exports currently disrupted by sanctions, as well as a strengthening dollar.

    “Over the longer term, oil is also vulnerable to further falls in the oil-intensity of economic activity worldwide,” it said.

    Prices have plunged from their 2014 peaks in June owing to slowing growth in China and emerging-market economies, a recession in Japan and a near-stall in the eurozone.

    On top of that the OPEC oil cartel last month said it would maintain output levels despite ample global supplies.

    A stronger greenback has also weighed, making dollar-priced oil more expensive for buyers using weaker currencies, denting demand.

    AFP

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