Oil down in Asia after big gains last week

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DUBAI: Oil prices were down in Asian trade yesterday after big gains last week on signs of a demand revival as some governments ease coronavirus lockdown measures. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was down 2.95 percent to $24.01 a barrel in morning trade. International benchmark Brent was changing hands at $30.27 a barrel, down 2.26 percent.

Both contracts were up Friday, with WTI advancing 25 percent from the previous week following unprecedented output cuts by major crude producers and hopes of demand returning as some key economies began to ease strict measures to contain the virus.

It was the first back-to-back weekly gain for WTI since February. The number of active US oil rigs also continued to fall in a sign of dampened drilling activity. Analysts said traders were locking in profits on Monday, causing prices to fall. —Agencies

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