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Oil Closes Week Lower as Global Slowdown Worries Offset Demand

  • Pre-weekend selloff likely tied to Iran deal headline risk
  • US fuel demand strong but China’s economy muddles outlook
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Oil fell for the week as lingering concerns over a global economic slowdown overshadowed signs of improving US demand.

West Texas Intermediate futures edged higher Friday in a choppy session but not enough to erase steep losses earlier in the week. Traders reported some pre-weekend liquidation with uncertainty around Iran’s supplies as the European Union and the US look to revive the nuclear agreement. Futures fell to the lowest in seven months earlier in the week as negotiators reported progress on talks between Iran and the EU, while China’s uncertain economic outlook sparked concerns about global demand.