Oil jumps more than $4 as OPEC+ contemplates biggest production cut since 2020

  • Sources say that OPEC + is considering cutting more than one million barrels per day
  • Interest rates and a strong dollar weigh on the markets
  • Looming EU Ban on Russian Offshore Oil Trade

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices jumped more than $4 on Monday as OPEC+ considers cutting production by more than 1 million barrels per day to prop up prices, in what would be their biggest cut since the start of COVID-19. pandemic.

Brent crude futures rose $4.38, or 5.1%, to $89.52 a barrel by 9:50 a.m. ET (1350 GMT). US West Texas Intermediate crude rose $4.79, or 6%, to $84.28.

Oil prices have fallen for four consecutive months since June, as the COVID-19 shutdown in China, the largest energy consumer, hurt demand while higher interest rates and a stronger US dollar weighed on global financial markets.

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To support prices, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, collectively known as OPEC+, are considering cutting production by more than 1 million barrels per day ahead of Wednesday’s meeting, OPEC+ sources told Reuters.

An OPEC source added that this figure did not include additional voluntary cuts for individual members.

If agreed, this would be the group’s second consecutive monthly cut after cutting production by 100,000 barrels per day last month.

“After a year of enduring too high prices, failed targets and too tight markets, the (OPEC +) alliance appears to be holding back when it comes to acting quickly to prop up prices amid a deteriorating economic outlook.”

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Two OPEC sources said that OPEC+ missed its production targets by about three million barrels per day in July, as sanctions imposed on some members and reduced investment by others hampered its ability to increase production.

Advisory firm FGE said that while spot Brent prices could boost further in the near-term, concerns about a global recession are likely to limit the upside.

“If OPEC+ decides to cut production in the near term, the resulting increase in OPEC+ spare capacity is likely to put further downward pressure on long-term prices,” it said in a note on Friday.

The dollar index fell for the fourth consecutive day on Monday, after touching a two-decade high. A cheaper dollar can support the demand for oil and support prices.

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(covering) Noah Browning Additional reporting by Florence Tan and Moyo Zhou Editing by David Goodman and Paul Simao

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