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Oil up 1 percent on expectations of OPEC-led output cuts

By Christopher Johnson / Reuters

LONDON
Petroleumworld 12 04 2018

Oil prices rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday, extending gains ahead of expected output cuts by producer cartel OPEC and a mandated reduction in Canadian supply.

North Sea Brent crude oil LCOc1 was up 75 cents, or 1.2 percent, at $62.44 per barrel by 0845 GMT. U.S. light crude CLc1 was 65 cents higher at $53.60.

Both benchmarks climbed around 4 percent on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed at a meeting of the Group of 20 industrialized nations (G20) to pause an escalating trade dispute.

“The market seems positively oriented following the G20 developments and heading into the OPEC meeting on Thursday,” BNP Paribas commodities strategist Harry Tchilinguirian told Reuters Global Oil Forum.

“A commitment by Russia to cooperate with Saudi Arabia and achieve an agreement at the next OPEC meeting has certainly lifted spirits,” he added.

The Middle East-dominated Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet on Thursday in Vienna to agree future output and will discuss strategy with other producers outside OPEC, including Russia.

The group is widely expected to announce production cuts of more than 1 million barrels per day (bpd), a move forced by rapidly rising shale output in the United States and slower growth in global oil demand.

“We expect OPEC to follow suit and agree to a production cut in Vienna this coming Thursday,” U.S. bank Goldman Sachs said in a note to clients.

“A cut in OPEC and Russia production of 1.3 bpd will be required to reverse the ongoing counter-seasonally large increase in inventories.”

It added that it expected a joint effort by OPEC and Russia to withhold supply to push Brent oil prices “above the mid-$60 per barrel level”.

Helping OPEC in its efforts to rein in emerging oversupply was an order on Sunday by the Canadian province of Alberta for producers to scale back output by 325,000 bpd until excess crude in storage is reduced.

OPEC’s biggest problem is surging production in the United States where output, mostly from its southern shale fields, has grown by around 2 million bpd in a year to more than 11.5 million bpd. C-OUT-T-EIA

Barclays bank pointed out in a note to clients that oil production in the state of Texas alone “reached 4.69 million bpd in September, compared with Iraqi output of 4.66 million by our estimates”.

Trump: China will cut tariffs on U.S. cars
Iraq is OPEC’s second-biggest oil producer, behind Saudi Arabia.

(GRAPHIC: Tankers carrying U.S. crude oil to China - tmsnrt.rs/2Q821gB)

 

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Reporting by Christopher Johnson in London and Henning Gloystein in Singapore; Editing by Ed Osmond from Reuters.

reuters.com 12 04 2018 09:00 GMT

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