Investing.com – Oil prices traded lower on Monday as weak economic data out of China raised concerns of a global slowdown that could hit demand for crude.
New York-traded fell 42 cents, or 0.81%, at $51.17 a barrel by 9:58 AM ET (15:58GMT).
Meanwhile, , the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., lost 39 cents, or 0.64%, to $60.09.
Chinese exports unexpectedly fell by the most in two years in December, while imports also declined, telling signs of weakness in the world’s second largest economy.
“Oil prices are getting weighted down by the prospects of weaker economic growth in China,” Stephen Innes of futures brokerage Oanda said in a report.
“This data drives home just how negative of an impact trade war is having on the Chinese and perhaps global economy.”
Prices however have been supported as the world’s largest oil exporters, led by OPEC and Russia, began to implement their agreement to cut oil output by 1.2 million barrels per day starting in January to prevent a supply glut and support prices.
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday the oil market was “on the right track” and there was no need for an extraordinary OPEC meeting before its next planned gathering in April.
In other energy trading, slumped 1.07% to $1.3924 a gallon by 10:00 AM ET (15:00 GMT), while gained 0.61% to $1.8912 a gallon.
Lastly, traded up 11.91% to $3.468 per million British thermal unit as weekend forecasts predicted an intense cold front arriving in the final third week of January, pumping demand for the commodity.
— Reuters contributed to this report.
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