Brent prices declined today over apprehensions regarding the global economy and the impact that could have on fuel demands.

Brent crude dropped by four cents to $99.61 a barrel, while US crude rose by eight cents to $88.09 a barrel, reported Reuters.

Since the beginning of April Brent has lost ten percent of its price, mainly due to slow growth in the US and China, while the recession in Europe has become more severe.

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has said that hedge funds and other large speculators have reduced their net long US crude futures and options positions in the week to 16 April.

On Saturday, world finance officials requested countries take an alternative approach to boost growth and create jobs, as monetary policy alone cannot reinstate confidence in the weak global economy.

Investors will now keep a close watch on the data from China and the US this week to get a better understanding of growth in demand.

On Tuesday, HSBC will release its Purchasing Managers’ Index for April, while the US will announce its first-quarter GDP growth on Friday.

A Reuters survey anticipates the US economy to expand at a 3.0% clip, up from 0.4% in the last three months of 2012.

Image: Brent has lost ten percent, mainly due to the slowing of growth in the US and China. Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos / Michelle Meiklejohn.