US oil benchmark collapses to lowest price ever

The US benchmark crude oil price sank to its lowest level ever on April 20. Image: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP
The US benchmark crude oil price collapsed on Monday, falling to one cent a barrel in US dollars amid an epic supply glut caused largely by the coronavirus pandemic’s hit to demand.

After beating the record low multiple times, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for May delivery continued to sink to the unheard of price of a penny a barrel, before inching up to $0.27.

Sellers of the May contract have just one more day to find buyers, but with storage in short supply, they are struggling to find takers.

The WTI contract for June delivery is trading at a still low $22 a barrel.



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