The fall in prices interrupted by the blockade of the Suez Canal

Crude oil prices plunged yesterday on raising concerns about global demand fuelled by bad news about the pandemic (see the Daily Eco). API data also pointed to a new rise in US crude stocks last week. The Brent 1st-nearby prices fell to almost $60/b and WTI prices to $57.25, their lowest levels since the first half of February. But they have rebounded this morning on the news that an giant ship blocked the Suez canal, which may have a strong temporary impact on oil transportation. About 10% of total seaborne oil trade goes through the canal.

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