Crude oil exchange traded funds continue to weaken and traders are positioning for a slowdown, with Brent crude dipping below $100 for the first time since July, as the global economic engine slows.
Brent futures briefly touched $98 a barrel after the International Monetary Fund cut its global outlook, reports Mark Shenk for Bloomberg.
The IMF reduced its 2013 global growth outlook by 0.2% to 3.3%, citing ongoing concerns in the Eurozone and weaker growth in the U.S. due to overly aggressive budget cuts, reports Annie Lowrey for the New York Times.
“Global prospects have improved again but the road to recovery in the advanced economies will remain bumpy,” according to the World Economic Outlook report. “Policy makers cannot afford to relax their efforts.”
Brent crude oil futures was trading around $99.6 a barrel at last check Tuesday, and West Texas Intermediate crude oil was hovering around $88.5 a barrel.
Futures also dipped Monday after China revealed a slower-than-expected economic expansion in the first quarter.