Oil falls more than 1% on demand concerns


    MELBOURNE- Oil prices fell more than 1 percent as fresh coronavirus lockdowns revived worries about demand for oil products, even as tug boats struggled to move a stranded container ship blocking crude oil carriers in the Suez Canal.

    Brent crude futures slid 87 cents, or 1.4 percent, to $63.54 a barrel after jumping 6 percent overnight.

    US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures dropped by $1.02, or 1.7 percent, to $60.16 a barrel, after climbing 5.9 percent overnight.

    Prices, which tumbled earlier in the week on worries about tighter pandemic curbs in Europe and vaccine delays stalling fuel demand growth, sharply reversed on Wednesday on news of the grounding in the Suez Canal, potentially blocking 10 tankers carrying 13 million barrels of oil.

    Dozens of ships were in the five waiting zones for passage through the nearly 200 km (120 mile) canal, with more approaching the area.