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Oil Prices Down as Sino-U.S. Trade Hope Diminishes

Investing.com - Oil prices were down on Wednesday in Asia as hopes for a trade deal between China and the U.S., the world’s biggest oil importers, dimmed.

U.S. Crude Oil WTI Futures dropped 0.4% to $56.59 by 1:21 AM ET (05:21 GMT). International Brent Oil Futures were also down 0.4%.

Outlook for the energy demand worsened after U.S. President Donald Trump disappointed investors by not providing a data or a venue for the signing of a partial trade deal with China.

Instead, the president called China “cheaters” and that the U.S. will “substantially” increase tariffs on China if no deal is reached.

Also weighing on oil prices today was a forecast by the International Energy Agency's (IEA) for slower global oil demand growth post-2025.

Global oil demand growth is expected to grow by 1 million barrels per day on average to 2025 but is forecast to slow to an average of 100,000 bpd a year from then on, the IEA said in its annual World Energy Outlook for the period to 2040.

Traders now await the weekly oil inventories report. The American Petroleum Institute is scheduled to release its data for the latest week at 4:30 PM ET, while the weekly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration is due at 11:00 AM ET on Thursday.

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