Oil edges lower to near three-month lows
Oil futures gave up early gains approaching three-month lows on Friday on a persistent supply glut that has cut prices by up to 13% since the start of November, Reuters reported.
U.S. crude West Texas Intermediate (WTI) dropped 11 cents to $40.43 a barrel as of 0731 GMT, after edging up in earlier trades. It ended down 21 cents at $40.54 on Thursday, after dipping to $39.89 during the previous session, its lowest since August 27, according to the report.
Front-month Brent futures for January lost 6 cents to $44.12 a barrel, after finishing up just 4 cents on Thursday at $44.18.
"Oil markets are really moving range bound ... mainly because fundamentals have yet to change," said Daniel Ang, an investment analyst at Phillip Futures Pte Ltd.
"Markets are a bit fearful that Iranian oil could come in," he added.
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Market data suggest that oil traders are preparing for another downturn in prices in March 2016, expecting an unusually warm winter and Iran's resurgent crude exports hitting global markets after sanctions are lifted.
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