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El gráfico muestra el histórico desplome del precio del petróleo de EUA.
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Los precios del petróleo caen en negativo al descender la demanda

April 21, 2020 - El precio del crudo de referencia de EUA cayó bajo $0 por barril debido a un descenso en la demanda causado por el coronavirus – primera vez que el precio de un contrato de petróleo a futuro ha caído en terreno negativo, según analistas

West Texas Intermediate crude briefly dropped as low as -$40 per barrel on Monday before closing at -$37.63.

The unprecedented event in energy markets reflects the fact that storage facilities are struggling to cope with the huge and sudden plunge in global demand, which is this month forecast to hit its lowest since the mid-90s. On Tuesday, the cost to have a barrel of U.S. crude delivered in May was at -$7.40 per barrel.

The severe drop on Monday was driven in part by a technicality of the global oil market. Oil is traded on its future price and May futures contracts are due to expire on Tuesday. Traders were keen to offload those holdings to avoid having to take delivery of the oil and incur storage costs, according to BBC News.

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PUBLISHED: 21/04/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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