Oil has steepest drop in a month as economic concerns threaten demand

Oil prices climb as Iran sanctions loom

Oil pushes past $80 as Iran fears mount

Oil prices could soon rise above $80 a barrel as American sanctions on Iran move closer, Venezuelan production falls and Libyan supplies face disruption, the International Energy Agency has warned.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence is set to park above the Carolinas coastline, threatening fuel markets along the US East Coast.

Further dashing USA hopes of crushing Iranian oil exports have been recent announcements from Iran's top two customers, China and India, that they would continue to import Iranian crude despite the looming threat of us sanctions.

The upturn in oil prices come as the United States' sanctions squeezed Iranian crude exports and after the USA crude oil production in 2019 was forecast to grow at a slower rate than previously expected, prompting supply concerns.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained $1.95, or 2.9 percent, to $69.49 a barrel.

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More than 12,000 were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 people in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire. As the storm moves inland it is expected to significantly weaken starting later today throughout the weekend.

The Persian country will by November 4 see a slew of countries already abandoning oil supply contracts and the rest scrambling for alternatives as crushing United States sanctions on Iran threaten to impose additional sanctions on those defying the ban on crude imports from the country.

The softness in recent days has taken the wind out of the sails of crude oil, but it does not mean we are on the verge of another downturn.

If Iran can get its oil to a friendly port, it could be blended with oil from elsewhere and resold, said Thijs Van de Graaf, assistant professor for global politics at the University of Ghent.

According to Oil Price, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the US would consider waivers "where appropriate", but reiterated that the country expects to have Iranian oil exports to "zero".

"While we aren't explicitly forecasting Brent to rise to $100/b we see real risks of this happening", said the bank in a research note published on Tuesday. Brent rude prices fell in August however extra fair lately rose to 2-month highs round $eighty a barrel.

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In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) released on Tuesday, EIA estimated that USA crude oil production averaged 10.9 million barrels per day in August, up by 120,000 barrels per day from June. The report provides further indication the rapid oil demand that helped Opec and allies get rid of a supply glut will moderate in 2019.

Although the EIA does not publish crude production forecasts for Russia and Saudi Arabia in its short term outlook, it expects that USA output will continue to exceed Russian and Saudi production for the remaining months of 2018 and through 2019.

U.S. crude inventories fell by 5.3 million barrels in the last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.

Should markets overheat and prices spike, however, Novak said Russian Federation could increase its output.

"World demand will average 98.82 million bpd in 2018, a demand growth of 1.62 million bpd", said S&P.

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Hanks said a fourth person died while checking on his hunting dogs, and authorities believe he was blown over by the wind. Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land.

USA crude oil production C-OUT-T-EIA fell by 100,000 bpd, to 10.9 million bpd, as the industry faces pipeline capacity constraints.

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