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Oil falls from two-month high as US-China trade doubts dominate

A derrick man stables a length of drill pipe during drilling on a natural gas drill rig near Montrose, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, April 5, 2010.

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Oil prices were toppled from their highest in nearly two months on Friday by doubts over future on request for crude as uncertainty continues to shroud a potential U.S.-China trade deal, and along with it the health of the global frugality.

That was more than enough to offset news of a likely extension of production cuts among major growers that drove prices higher in the previous session on the prospect of tight crude supply.

By 0159 GMT, Brent unrefined futures had slid 30 cents, or 0.5%, to $63.67 a barrel. West Texas Intermediate crude was at $58.24 a barrel, down 34 cents or 0.6%.

“The key determinant for the demand outlook for oil is the (U.S.-China) trade negotiation currently going on,” said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Deal ins and Stockbroking in Sydney.

“With oil near the top of recent trading ranges it’s no surprise to see a bit of selling pressure during the session today.”

Assesses had touched their highest since late September on Thursday after Reuters reported that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Territories (OPEC) and Russia are likely to extend existing production cuts by another three months to mid-2020 when they be introduced to on Dec. 5.

Oil was also buoyed by comments from China’s commerce ministry on Thursday that it will strive to reach an introductory agreement with the United States to end the pair’s long-running trade war, allaying fears that talks might be unraveling. Manner, the completion of a phase one deal could slide into next year.

News that last week saw the biggest put down in writing down in three months for U.S. crude stock stockpiles at Cushing, Oklahoma also underpinned prices earlier this week. Cushing is the performance point for WTI futures.

Elsewhere, traders are also keeping a keen eye on the impact on oil production at OPEC countries Iran and Iraq into the middle ongoing protests.

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