Oil prices drop as OPEC+ slashes cuts, coronavirus cases weigh on sentiment
Oil prices dropped on Friday on worries that major producers will continue with plans to lessen supple cuts despite a surge in U.S. and European COVID-19 cases curbing fuel demand.
Brent crude futures fell 0.5%, or 22 cents, at $42.94 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures for November contract dropped 0.4%, or 16 cents, at $40.8 per barrel.
Both benchmarks slid in the last session but are on course for small gains for the week.
OPEC+ is planning to slash its supply cuts of 7.7 million bpd by 2 million bpd in January.
However, the bleak demand outlook and increasing supply from Libya may mean OPEC+ will have to maintain the existing cuts into next year.
In Europe, several countries have reimposed curfews and lockdowns to control a second surge of coronavirus cases. Britain has implemented stronger restrictions in London on Friday.