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Saudis Cut Oil Prices from Record Highs Amid China Lockdowns

  • Aramco drops Arab Light grade for Asia by almost $5 a barrel
  • Covid Zero strategy has decreased China’s oil consumption
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WATCH: Credit Suisse’s Fahd Iqbal discusses Saudi Aramco’s price cut to buyers in Asia.Source: Bloomberg
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Saudi Arabia cut oil prices for buyers in Asia as coronavirus lockdowns in China weigh on demand, countering uncertainty around Russia’s supplies as the Ukraine war drags on.

Saudi Aramco is lowering prices for the first time in four months. The state-controlled company dropped its key Arab Light crude grade for next month’s shipments to Asia to $4.40 a barrel above the benchmark it uses, from $9.35 in May. That’s in line with a Bloomberg survey of refiners and traders from late April that forecast a $5 decrease.