Oil pumps at sunset, industrial oil pumps equipment.
Oil prices were little changed on Wednesday as concerns lingered over soft U.S. fuel demand while global producers feared a second prolonged wave of the coronavirus pandemic was a major risk for the market recovery.
U.S. crude oil stockpiles fell 1.6 million barrels last week, while fuel demand was down 14% from the year-ago period over the last four weeks, Energy Information Administration data showed.
“The drop in gasoline demand week-over-week was a concern. That’s still showing weakness,” said Phil Flynn, a senior analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago. “The only thing that is holding us back is demand,” he said.