Oil hits six-week high on hopes of extended OPEC output cuts; Saudi Arabia firm on crude production curbs

  • US oil gained more than 2% on Monday, while Brent finished the day 1.7% higher

  • Russia's oil output in August exceeded its quota under the OPEC+ agreements

  • In the United States, crude stockpiles are likely to have fallen for a fourth consecutive week last week

Tokyo: Oil futures hit a six-week high on Tuesday, rising for a fifth day on optimism that OPEC and other countries may agree to extend production cuts in a bid to support prices.

Brent crude was up 26 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $62.85 a barrel, while US crude was 27 cents, or 0.5 percent, higher at $58.12 a barrel. Brent touched its highest since 1 August, while US crude rose to the highest since 31 July.

US oil gained more than 2 percent on Monday, while Brent finished the day 1.7 percent higher as the market reacted to the appointment by Saudi Arabia’s king of his son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, as energy minister on Sunday.

 Oil hits six-week high on hopes of extended OPEC output cuts; Saudi Arabia firm on crude production curbs

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Prince Abdulaziz, a long-time member of the Saudi delegation to the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), said the pillars of Saudi Arabia’s policy would not change and a global deal to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day would be maintained.

He added that the so-called OPEC+ alliance, made up of OPEC and non-OPEC countries including Russia, would be in place for the long term.

A meeting of OPEC and OPEC+ countries in Abu Dhabi this week “is stirring up hopes for additional supply cuts,” said Stephen Innes, Asia Pacific market strategist at AxiTrader.

Still, Russia’s oil output in August exceeded its quota under the OPEC+ agreements.

“Markets will need to see concrete progress on the production front, even as the world’s economy slows, to sustain gains,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA.

Should oil end Tuesday higher it will be the longest run of gains since late July but headwinds remain as the US-China trade war rumbles on.

Executives at the annual Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference said on Monday they expect oil prices this year to be pressured by uncertainties surrounding the global economy, the US-China trade war and increasing US supplies.

In the United States, crude stockpiles are likely to have fallen for a fourth consecutive week last week, a preliminary Reuters poll showed on Monday.

Five analysts polled by Reuters estimated, on average, that crude inventories fell 2.6 million barrels in the week to 6 September.

Updated Date: Sep 10, 2019 11:09:55 IST