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OPEC+ might delay crude production hike while keeping one eye on US shale

Oil-producing coalition OPEC+, led by Russia and Saudi Arabia, will likely delay its organized two million barrels daily January increase in output, according to market agreement.

” We now believe that the oil cost (Brent) will stand at $60 per barrel by end-2021,” she said in a research study note, according to CNBC, while modifying her projection due to favorable Covid vaccine news.

Many market watchers see both oil criteria (Brent and WTI) at, or around, $50 a barrel over the next year as worldwide demand gradually builds up.


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OPEC+ is planning to raise output by 2 million barrels daily (bpd) in January– about two percent of worldwide intake– after record supply cuts this year. In April, the group of oil producing nations agreed to the biggest single output cut in history, but that reduction of 9.7 million barrels each day was consequently downsized to 7.7 million in August.

Bain and some other economic experts mention that OPEC+ will be keeping an eager eye on United States shale manufacturers, and would not like to see them significantly re-ramp production without boosts of its own. Information showed the number of running oil and natural gas rigs in the United States has increased for the fourth month in a row.

According to investment bank BCS Global Markets, there is substantial supply waiting in the wings from OPEC+ and ” hyper-dynamic United States shale manufacturers itching to drill again.”




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The bank’s oil and gas expert Ron Smith stated that “[Rig activity] was rising steadily this fall, even before oil started its most current rally.

Both Brent and WTI were down over one percent on Monday, trading at $47

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