Oil falls ahead of Fed rate policy announcement

Tokyo, Sept. 20 (BNA): Oil prices retreated further from 10-month highs on Wednesday ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision, with investors uncertain when peak rates will be hit and how much of an impact it will have on energy demand.


Prices fell despite a bigger-than-expected draw in U.S. oil stockpiles and weak U.S. shale output that indicated tight crude supply for the rest of 2023, Reuters reported.


Global benchmark Brent crude futures fell slightly over $1 to $93.33 a barrel, and were last down 80 cents, or 0.8%, at $93.54 a barrel by 0310 GMT. Brent hit $95.96 on Tuesday, its highest since November.


U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures shed 0.8%, or 75 cents, to $90.45 a barrel, after climbing to a 10-month high of $93.74 a barrel the previous day. The October WTI contract expires on Wednesday and the more active November contract was down 70 cents, or 0.8%, to $89.78 a barrel.






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