Global oil prices continue their fall
Oil prices fell in thin trade on Tuesday, but losses were curbed by a likely drawdown in U.S. crude and gasoline stockpiles, Reuters reported.
Brent futures had declined 42 cents to $47.93 a barrel by 06:43 GMT, after closing down 37 cents in the previous session, according to Reuters.
U.S. crude futures dropped 32 cents to $47.76 a barrel, having settled down 33 cents the day before.
Both contracts had finished with modest losses for a fourth straight session.
U.S. commercial crude oil stocks likely fell by around 2.5 million barrels to 538.8 million in the week ended May 20, a preliminary Reuters analysts' poll taken ahead of weekly industry and official inventory data showed on Monday.
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The American Petroleum Institute (API) is due to release inventory data on Tuesday, while figures from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA) will come on Wednesday.