中国石化新闻网讯 据烃加工网站4月1日消息 原油基准指数在一个波动性较大的季度结束，创下历史最大跌幅，因为美国和布伦特原油期货在整个3月份都因疫情影响和俄罗斯与沙特阿拉伯价格战爆发而受到全球经济冻结的打击。
吴恒磊 编译自 烃加工
Oil ends March with biggest monthly and quarterly losses ever
Crude oil benchmarks ended a volatile quarter with their biggest losses in history, as both U.S. and Brent futures were hammered throughout March on the global economic freeze due to the coronavirus pandemic and the eruption of a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Both benchmarks lost roughly two-thirds of their value in the quarter, with March’s declines of about 55% accounting for the lion’s share of the losses.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude salvaged the end of the month with a modest 2% gain on Tuesday, while Brent ended slightly lower.
Global fuel demand has been destroyed by travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Forecasters at major merchants and banks see demand slumping by 20% to 30% in April, and for weak consumption to linger as economic activity is severely curtailed for the next several months.
WTI CLc1 settled 39 cents higher at $20.48 per barrel. The U.S. benchmark plunged 54% during March and 66% for the first quarter, the worst declines since the contract’s inception in 1983.
May Brent crude futures LCOc1 ended the session 2 cents lower at $22.74 a barrel ahead of expiration. The international benchmark fell 66% in the first quarter and 55% in March, the worst quarterly and monthly percentage declines on record.
The more-active June contract LCOM0 settled 7 cents lower at $26.35 a barrel.