* Markets worry about trade war, China crude demand
* Iraq cuts selling price of crude cargoes bound for Asia
* U.S. gasoline supply now seen as "sufficient"
(Updates with settlement prices)
By Jessica Resnick-Ault
NEW YORK, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Crude prices settled slightly lower on
Thursday, extending the previous session's losses as the escalating
China-U.S. trade dispute casts doubt over the outlook for oil demand.
Brent crude futures fell 21 cents to settle at $72.07 a barrel.
U.S. crude fell 13 cents to $66.81 a barrel.
Both benchmarks tumbled more than 3 percent on Wednesday after
U.S. data showed a smaller-than-expected weekly draw in crude
inventories and a surprise build of 2.9 million barrels in gasoline
supplies. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a 1.7 million-barrel
draw in gasoline stocks .
"The ability of gasoline to hang in there despite strong
demand weighed on the market," said John Kilduff, a partner at
Again Capital Management in New York. Previously the market had been
"racing higher" due to a fear of scarcity, but those
concerns have receded, he said. "Supply is seen as sufficient to
meet the pretty robust demand picture."
The market has also been weighed down by concerns that trade
disputes will curb demand. As retaliation against Washington, China
will impose tariffs of 25 percent on a further $16 billion in U.S.
imports ranging from fuel and steel products to autos and medical
equipment. Crude oil will be exempt.
The trade war is rattling global markets. Investors fear any
slowdown in the world's two largest economies would slash demand for
Oil traders were also worried about Chinese demand. Crude imports
picked up in July after two months of decline, but were still among
the lowest this year due to a drop-off in demand from smaller
Iraq cut its official selling price for September cargoes of Basra
Light crude for its Asian customers on Thursday.
The United States on Tuesday reimposed sanctions on Iran, the
third-biggest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting
The renewed sanctions will not directly target Iranian oil until
November, although U.S. President Donald Trump has said he wants as
many countries as possible to cut their imports of Iranian crude to
"The impact of it is the greatest known unknown of the year.
If worst comes to worst and 1.5-2 million bpd (barrels per day) of
Iranian disappears from the market ... calculations will go out of the
window and oil bears will have to brace themselves for a very rough
ride," PVM Oil Associates analyst Tamas Varga said.
GRAPHIC-Shipped Iran crude oil exports
(Additional reporting by Aaron Sheldrick in TOKYO and Amanda Cooper
in LONDON; editing by David Gregorio and Tom Brown)