Oil slips as surge in COVID-19 cases threatens demand

(Updates prices, analyst comments) By Sonali Paul and Shu Zhang MELBOURNE/SINGAPORE, Dec 18 (Reuters) Oil prices slid from nine-month

(Updates prices, analyst comments)
By Sonali Paul and Shu Zhang
MELBOURNE/SINGAPORE, Dec 18 (Reuters) Oil prices slid from
nine-month highs on Friday, with soaring COVID-19 cases seen as
a threat to near-term fuel demand and a strengthening of the
U.S. dollar also having a negative impact.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures
slipped 14 cents or 0.29%, to $48.22 a barrel at 0757 GMT, while
Brent crude futures fell 20 cents, or 0.39%, to $51.30.
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