West TX Oil Enjoys Support Around $98 Before Economic Data

West Texas Intermediate crude traded near the lowest price in six months before data that will signal the strength of the economy in the U.S., the world’s biggest oil consumer. Brent was steady in London.

Futures were little changed in New York after capping the biggest weekly decline in seven months on Aug. 1. The Markit Economics purchasing managers index for U.S. services is due tomorrow, while factory order data is also scheduled this week. In Iraq, militants took control of two oil fields in the north after clashes, according to the Northern Oil Co.

“There is no fear about supply,” said Ken Hasegawa, an energy trading manager at Newedge Group in Tokyo. “On technical charts, we saw big drops last week, and both WTI and Brent are down to one of the support levels. WTI is very close to $97.50 a barrel and Brent to $104 a barrel. If those levels hold, the market will rebound.”


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