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Oil Trades Near $62


Oil was steady after eight days of losses as investors weighed the potential outcome of an OPEC meeting this weekend against a bigger-than-expected gain in American crude stockpiles.

Futures in New York were little changed, after an 8.8 percent drop since Oct. 26. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies may discuss the possibility of cutting production again next year when they meet in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Meanwhile, government data showed U.S. stockpiles rose by 5.78 million barrels last week, compared with expectations for a 2-million-barrel gain.

Oil lost steam last month following speculation that the U.S. will grant exemptions to some nations to purchase Iranian supplies even after it hits the OPEC producer with sanctions. Eight nations have received the waivers, which industry consultant FGE estimates will add 1.2 million to 1.7 million barrels a day of oil from the Persian Gulf state, higher than market expectations.

“Investors are assessing the indications of rising inventories in the U.S. as well as taking into consideration what could possibly come out of this week’s OPEC meeting,” said Kim Kwangrae, a commodities analyst at Samsung Futures Inc. “While the market has taken a bearish path with the exemptions of American waivers on some Iranian oil purchases, prices will further be pressured downwards with increasing supplies.”

West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery traded 18 cents higher at $61.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 7:44 a.m. in London. The contract fell 0.9 percent to $61.67 on Wednesday. Total volume traded was 23 percent below the 100-day average.

Brent futures for January settlement gained 19 cents to $72.26 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. Prices lost 1.5 percent in the previous two sessions. The global benchmark crude traded at a $10.27 premium to WTI for the same month.

OPEC and its allied suppliers will discuss scenarios including making the second production U-turn to curb output next year at a gathering in Abu Dhabi, according to delegates. Pressure is likely to decrease from the U.S. to lower prices as the country’s midterm elections are over. Producers including Saudi Arabia and Russia had opened taps following unprecedented political pressure from President Donald Trump.

In America, nationwide crude inventories rose last week for a seventh week, the longest stretch of gains since early March, according to Energy Information Administration data. Domestic production surged to a record 11.6 million barrels a day, while stockpiles at the nation’s storage hub of Cushing, Oklahoma, increased by 2.42 million barrels.


3 Comments on "Oil Trades Near $62"

  1. Free Speech Message Board on Sun, 11th Nov 2018 10:40 pm 

    The US is collapsing.

    Americans used to love freedom and fight Nazis and Commies, but have now become Nazis and Commies.

    Americans are completely ignorant of history and don’t realize the effects of unintended consequences and decrees.

    There was a time when there were no passports or driver licenses and people survived just fine.

    Driver licenses used to have just a name, but then birthdates, gender, and photos were required.

    Now fingerprints are needed to get a license.

    One problem with outlawing everything is that you must have so many loopholes to live that tyranny becomes useless and makes the laws pointless and ineffective.

    Licenses now can list any age or gender you want.

    Americans used to be taught to love freedom, be moral, be independent, and have personal responsibility.

    Americans today are told to love Socialism, be immoral, be weak, and be dependent.

    Americans are taught to use safe spaces, not have friends, not hug kids, get tattoos, use drugs, get divorced, become homosexuals, get welfare, love war, embrace debt, shoplift, and pee in public.

    Life has become meaningless now that everything is illegal, hard work is punished with taxes and regulations, and laziness is rewarded with welfare.

  2. Cloggie on Sun, 11th Nov 2018 11:41 pm 

    “Oil Trades Near $62”

    Peal oil, where art thou?

  3. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 12th Nov 2018 4:07 am 


    Oil averaged 20 dollars a barrel during the entire 20th century..60 dollars is historically high..WHY? Scarcity caused by peak oil you dimwit.

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