Oil Prices Fall Above $1 Per Barrel In Bid To Limit Inflation

Oil prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Wednesday, under pressure from global central bank efforts to limit inflation as fuel demand weakens.

Brent crude prices for September fell $1.06, or 0.9%, to $106.29 a barrel by 0946 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for August slipped $1.09, or 1%, to $103.13 per barrel.

The more active September WTI contract was at $99.64 a barrel, down $1.10.

Oil prices whipsawed in the previous session, caught in a tug-of-war between supply fears caused by Western sanctions on Russia and expectations of economic weakness; and reduced demand as central bankers indicated they will raise interest rates to combat inflation.

Limited supplies have kept Brent above $105/bbl and prompt Brent inter-month spreads at about $4.40 a barrel.

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