Fed's policy outlook pessimistic, oil prices down three days in a row.


Oil prices have declined for three consecutive trading days, primarily due to pessimistic expectations stemming from the Federal Reserve's indecision on policy.

Impact of Federal Reserve Policy on Oil Prices

On Wednesday, oil prices fell for the third consecutive trading day. The market anticipates that the Federal Reserve might maintain higher interest rates for an extended period due to persistent inflation, which could affect fuel consumption in the world's largest oil consumer.

Brent crude futures dropped by 43 cents, or 0.5%, to $82.45 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell by 50 cents, or 0.6%, to $78.16 per barrel. Oil prices closed about 1% lower on Tuesday.

Analysis of Market Inventory and Demand

Federal Reserve policymakers indicated on Tuesday that the Fed should wait a few more months to ensure that inflation is genuinely on track to return to the 2% target before cutting interest rates.

Rising borrowing costs could slow economic growth and pressure oil demand. Market sources cited data from the American Petroleum Institute (API) on Tuesday, showing that U.S. crude and gasoline inventories increased last week, while distillate inventories declined.

Ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, which marks the start of the U.S. summer driving season, retail gasoline prices fell for the fourth consecutive week. Prices for diesel, an important refined product for the industrial and transportation sectors, also declined in the U.S.

Market Expectations and Economic Outlook

Investors are waiting for the minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting and the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) weekly oil inventory data, expected to be released later on Wednesday.

With a more optimistic economic outlook, the Eurozone is almost certain to cut interest rates on June 6. European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said in an interview aired on Tuesday that she is "very confident" about the control over inflation in the Eurozone.



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