Oil prices are falling due to fears of the spread of...

Oil prices fell more than 2% on Monday, as rising omicron infections from the coronavirus in Europe and the United States fueled investor fears that new business restrictions to combat its spread could slash fuel demand.
Brent crude futures fell $1.92, or 2.6 percent, to $71.60 a barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate crude fell $2.09, or 3 percent, to $68.77 a barrel.
According to “Reuters”, Kelvin Wong, market analyst at CMC Markets, said that the drop in oil appears to be consistent with the decline in the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 stock indices.
He attributed the decline to fears of imminent restrictions on economic activity to contain the spread of Omicron globally.
On the other hand, US energy companies this week increased oil and natural gas rigs for the second week in a row.

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