NEW YORK – Oil rose slightly on Monday as positive economic data supported prices, while a spike in coronavirus cases that could curb fuel demand in the United States limited gains.
“Energy is still correlating more to the coronavirus,” said Bob Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho in New York. “The coronavirus situation kills gasoline demand at the end of the day and if you don’t need the gasoline, you don’t need the crude oil to make it.”
In the first five days of July, 16 states reported record increases in new cases of COVID-19, which has infected nearly 3 million Americans and killed more than 130,000, according to a Reuters tally.
“For now, data for several cities in affected states does not show a significant reduction in road traffic week-on-week,” analysts at ING bank said.
U.S. services industry activity rebounded sharply in June, almost returning to its pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, while China’s economy was recovering and its capital markets attracting money, setting the scene for a healthy bull market, the official China Securities Journal said in an editorial.
German data, however, showed that the recovery from COVID-19 will be slow and painful. Germany’s industrial orders rebounded moderately in May and a fifth of firms in Europe’s biggest economy said in a survey published on Monday they feared insolvency.