Oil edges lower, trade thin as some cash in after 3-week rally

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By Devika Krishna Kumar and Julia Simon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crude oil costs slipped 1 % on Monday in subdued buying and selling after an extended Easter vacation weekend, on information of rising U.S. shale manufacturing and profit-taking following three straight weeks of good points.

On Monday, the Power Info Company (EIA) stated U.S. shale manufacturing in Might was set for its largest month-to-month improve in additional than two years, including to worries that these will increase would undermine efforts of the world's prime producers to rein in a glut.

Robert Yawger, director of power futures at Mizuho Americas stated market circumstances inspired revenue taking. Speculators within the week to April 11 additionally elevated bets on robust efficiency in each contracts.

"The market was overbought so these individuals are undoubtedly reserving income at this level," Yawger stated.

Benchmark Brent crude futures ended the session 53 cents decrease at $55.36 whereas U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures settled down 53 cents at $52.65 a barrel.

Volumes have been skinny, with about 152,000 Brent futures contracts and about 296,000 WTI contracts altering palms, lower than half of Thursday's buying and selling volumes.

With monetary markets closed throughout Europe, the main target was on geopolitical tensions.

The Group of the Petroleum Exporting Nations will meet on Might 25 to think about extending output cuts past June to scale back a glut that has depressed costs. Iran fed hopes that OPEC and non-OPEC producers would prolong the cuts, however Saudi Arabia's power minister stated it was too early to debate an extension.

"Whereas the Saudis and the Russians have been complying with their cuts we have seen Iraq and a variety of different nations produce greater than their share of the quota," Andrew Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates in Houston, stated.

"So that provides the market pause at how efficient they will be at taking oil out of the market."

One other supply of instability is in North Korea. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday warned North Korea that U.S. strikes in Afghanistan and Syria, one in every of North Korea's few shut allies, confirmed that the nation shouldn't check the resolve of President Donald Trump.

Preventing in Libya has reduce oil output, however state oil firm Nationwide Oil Company has reopened no less than one subject.

Many analysts remained constructive on oil costs.

"We stay constructive on oil costs for the stability of 2017 as second quarter 2017 ought to see markets tighten because of the present OPEC/non-OPEC deal while an anticipated extension of the deal on Might 25th ought to maintain oil inventories drawing within the second half of the yr," Citi analysts stated in a notice.

"This could push Brent to $60-65 per barrel."

(Further reporting by Libby George in London, Aaron Sheldrick in Tokyo; modifying by David Gregorio and Richard Chang)

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