Oil held its decline, after closing at the lowest level in more than five months, as traders counted down to an OPEC+ meeting on supply amid signs that physical markets have eased in recent weeks. West Texas Intermediate slipped 0.2%, having lost almost 5% on Monday on concern a global economic slowdown will erode energy demand. Equity markets and several other commodities fell again Tuesday as worries over a recession — and rising US-China tension over Taiwan — drove investors toward havens. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies are due to gather virtually on Wednesday to decide on output policy for September. As the meeting nears, oil’s backwardation, a bullish pattern, has narrowed. Meanwhile the West African market flashed weakness as Dalia crude was offered at a discount to its benchmark on Monday. Oil has opened August on a weak footing after declining the prior two […]