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  • Crude oil prices fluctuate in a tight range on Monday.
  • Industrial Production in China expanded by 9.8% in April.
  • Investors await weekly crude oil stocks data from US.

Crude oil prices rose for the third straight week and the barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) gained nearly 1% to settle above $65. With the financial markets staying relatively quiet at the start of the week, WTI trades in a very narrow range around $65.50.

Factory activity in China slows down modestly

Earlier in the day, the data from China revealed that Industrial Production in April expanded by 9.8% on a yearly basis following March’s increase of 14.1%. Nevertheless, this reading came in line with the market expectation and failed to trigger a meaningful reaction in crude oil prices.

In the meantime, investors remain hopeful for a steady recovery in the global energy demand with major economies continuing to soften coronavirus-related restrictions.

On the other hand, the Colonial Pipeline recovered from last week’s cyberattack and eased concerns over supply shortages, limiting WTI’s upside for the time being.

Finally, Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that oil products exports in March declined 0.121 million barrels per day to 1.109 million barrels per day, as reported by Reuters. Later in the week, the API’s and the EIA’s weekly crude oil stock data from the US will be looked upon for fresh impetus.

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