Oil Dips, Market Awaits OPEC, US Supply Reports

The price of oil finished with a small loss Monday as traders waited for potentially market-moving news at midweek.

U.S. benchmark crude for August delivery slipped 8 cents to $103.14 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Brent crude dropped 29 cents to $107.43 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

Oil was pushed higher last week by worries turmoil in Egypt could disrupt shipments through the Suez Canal and a report showing robust job growth in the U.S. in June.

Later this week, the Energy Department releases its weekly report on supplies of crude oil and petroleum products, the U.S. Federal Reserve releases minutes of its recent policy meeting and OPEC issues its monthly update on the oil market.

A large decline in U.S. supplies, or signs that OPEC decreased output last month could boost prices, analysts say. Additional insight into the Fed's thinking on monetary policy should also influence trading.

In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:

  • Wholesale gasoline dropped 1 cent to $2.88 per gallon.
  • Natural gas rose 12 cents to $3.74 per 1,000 cubic feet.
  • Heating oil fell 1 cent to $2.98 per gallon.


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