Oil drops as China considers intervention to ease coal crunch

Brent Oil  was trading 0.98% down at  $84.25.

Oil prices fell on Wednesday after the Chinese government stepped up efforts to tame record high coal prices and ensure coal mines operate at full capacity as Beijing moved to ease a power shortage.

Brent Oil futures dropped 73 cents, or 0.9%, to $84.35 a barrel at 1003 GMT, paring a 75 cent rise in the previous session, but still lingering close to multi-year highs.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures for November, which expires on Wednesday, fell 68 cents, or 0.8%, to $82.28 a barrel. The more active WTI contract for December was down 80 cents, or 1%, to $81.64 a barrel.

“China is planning to take steps to combat the steep rises in the domestic coal market … which could put considerable pressure on the coal price there and reverse the fuel switch to oil,” Commerzbank said.

Prices for Chinese coal and other commodities slumped in early trade, which in turn pulled oil down from an uptick earlier in the day.

China’s National Development and Reform Commission said on Tuesday it would bring coal prices back to a reasonable range and crack down on any irregularities that disturb market order or malicious speculation on thermal coal futures.

Oil markets in general remain supported on the back of a global coal and gas crunch, which has driven a switch to diesel and fuel oil for power generation.

But the market on Wednesday was also pressured by data from the American Petroleum Institute industry group which showed stocks rose by 3.3 million barrels for the week ended Oct. 15, according to market sources.

Brent Oil , RSI Stood at 67.388, the current price is trading Above  the Moving Averages  20 & 50. So, a  Buy trade can be executed with the following target and stop-loss:

TRADE SIGNAL-Brent Oil– Buy: 84.00, TARGET:-90.00, STOP LOSS:- 81.00.

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