Brent crude fell to the lowest in 13 months as the International Energy Agency said a supply glut was shielding the market against threats in the Middle East. West Texas Intermediate also declined.
Brent dropped the most in four weeks. The IEA cut projections for demand growth this year and next and estimated that output from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries rose to a five-month high. Libya prepared to export crude from a key port for the first time in a year.
“The IEA report knocked the market pretty hard today,” said Bill Baruch, a senior market strategist at Iitrader.com in Chicago. “Demand worry has really been moving the market. There is really no reason for WTI to push above $100 unless there is a major supply disruption.”