Oil extends losses into second session; Russia, OPEC likely to boost crude output to fight for market share with US

Brent crude oil futures were at $71.08 a barrel, down 10 cents, or 0.1 percent, from their last close. Brent ended down 0.5 percent on Monday.

Reuters April 16, 2019 10:18:34 IST
Oil extends losses into second session; Russia, OPEC likely to boost crude output to fight for market share with US
  • Brent crude oil futures were at $71.08 a barrel, down 10 cents, or 0.1% , from their last close

  • US West Texas Intermediate crude futures were at $63.39 per barrel, down 2 cents, or 0.1%

  • OPEC and its allies will meet in June to decide whether to continue withholding supply

Sydney: Oil prices edged down on Tuesday after a Russian minister said the nation and OPEC may boost crude output to fight for market share, checking a recent sharp rally driven by tighter global production.

Brent crude oil futures were at $71.08 a barrel, down 10 cents, or 0.1 percent, from their last close. Brent ended down 0.5 percent on Monday.

Oil extends losses into second session Russia OPEC likely to boost crude output to fight for market share with US

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US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $63.39 per barrel, down 2 cents, or 0.1 percent, from their previous settlement. WTI fell 0.8 percent on Monday.

Russian finance minister Anton Siluanov said over the weekend that Russia and OPEC may decide to boost production to fight for market share with the United States, but this would push oil as low as $40 per barrel.

“There is a growing concern that Russia will not agree on extending production cuts and we could see them officially abandon it in the coming months,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst, OANDA.

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies including Russia, known as OPEC+, will meet in June to decide whether to continue withholding supply. That comes after they previously agreed to crimp output by 1.2 million barrels per day from 1 January for six months.

Losses were checked by tighter supplies from Iran and Venezuela amid signs the United States will further toughen sanctions on those two OPEC producers, and on the threat that renewed fighting could wipe out crude production in Libya.

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