HONG KONG (Reuters) – Asian shares dropped on Wednesday, reversing early gains, after an overnight rebound in U.S. and European stocks as investors shrugged off worries about a potential U.S. government debt default, while oil paused near new multi-year highs.
The gains in oil are driven by concerns about energy supply, and come two days after the OPEC+ group of producers stuck to its planned output increase rather than raising it further.
U.S. crude rose to its highest level since 2014 on Wednesday but pared gains and was last off 0.09% to $78.87 a barrel. Brent crude lost 0.08% to $82.49 per barrel, having hit a three-year high in the previous session.
“OPEC’s outlook suggests further reductions in global oil stockpiles. That’s a problem given that oil inventories are already low,” wrote analysts at CBA in a note.
Rising prices could threaten the global…