MTECHTIPS:-Oil edges lower as supply concerns return

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MTECHTIPS:-Oil edges lower as supply concerns return

MTECHTIPS-Oil prices edged lower on Friday after strong gains the previous day, easing on persistent supply concerns as Russia increased production in July and Saudi Arabia cut the price of crude for its Asian customers. Brent crude futures (LCOc1) were down 13 cents, or 0.2 percent at $73.32 a barrel by 0052 GMT, after rising 1.5 percent on Thursday. U.S. crude (CLc 1) was off by 5 cents at $68.91, after gaining nearly 2 percent in the previous session. Russian oil output rose by 150,000 barrels per day in July from a month earlier, surpassing the amount Moscow had said ti would add following a meeting of global oil producers in Vienna in June, energy ministry data showed on Thursday. Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have increased production to help to compensate for an anticipated shortfall in Iranian crude supplies once planned U.S. sanctions take effect later this year. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and partners including Russia had earlier cut output to re balance supply and demand

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