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Crude prices remain close to April minimums

On Friday, crude prices remained around April minimums as slowing economic growth threatened to drastically worsen ongoing oversupply of oil as well as refined products.  

International Brent crude oil futures were worth $42.78, showing a 8 cent surge from their previous close. Meanwhile, US West Texas Intermediate crude futures traded at $41.16, rising 2 cents.

Brent achieved its lowest value since April during last trading session, hitting $42.56, while WTI boasted another minimum of $40.95 per barrel on Friday. Currently, both crude benchmarks are down approximately 20% since their last high in June.

Due to ongoing oversupply, American bank Goldman Sachs told this week that it didn’t expect a huge recovery in prices any time soon.

Financial experts are still expecting that crude prices will stay within a $45 per barrel to $50 per barrel trading range in mid-2017.

Besides this, some experts told that recent price drops in oil had been heavily overdone, especially as demand is still strong notwithstanding worries over future economic growth.

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