Oil prices have declined by about 12% in the past three weeks on concerns over global demand and the unwinding of the Israel-Hamas war's risk premium

  • Brent crude is trading near $81 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate is below $77.

  • Traders are waiting for industry reports from OPEC, the International Energy Agency, and US inventory data to confirm if the recent decline in oil prices has been overdone.

  • The release of these oil market reports will be the focus and any signs of tightness could shift sentiment.

  • Supply from the Middle East has not been affected by the conflict between Israel and Hamas, while shipments from Russia and the US are increasing.

  • Israeli jets struck Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, indicating a potential escalation of the conflict.

  • Talks on securing the release of Hamas-held hostages are intensifying.

  • Iraqi Oil Minister is visiting the Kurdistan region to discuss the resumption of oil exports via Ceyhan in Turkey, which has been halted since March due to a dispute and earthquake damage.

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