Oil prices climb for second day amid hopes for output cut by US producers, but Saudi Arabia, Russia price war trim off gains

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it would boost its oil supplies to a record high in April, raising the stakes in a standoff with Russia and effectively rebuffing a suggestion from Moscow for new talks on production levels

Reuters March 11, 2020 07:52:25 IST
Oil prices climb for second day amid hopes for output cut by US producers, but Saudi Arabia, Russia price war trim off gains
  • Brent crude futures rose $1.38, or 3.7 percent, to $38.60 a barrel by 0126 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude gained $0.97, or 2.8 percent, to $35.33 a barrel, following a jump of over 8 percent on Tuesday

  • Oil and equity markets had staged solid rebounds on Tuesday after the previous day’s pummeling

  • Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it would boost its oil supplies to a record high in April, raising the stakes in a standoff with Russia and effectively rebuffing a suggestion from Moscow for new talks on production levels

Tokyo: Oil prices climbed for a second day on Wednesday, lifted by hopes that US producers will cut output, but gains were limited compared with Monday’s crash after Saudi Arabia and Russia triggered a price war.

Brent crude futures rose $1.38, or 3.7 percent, to $38.60 a barrel by 0126 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude gained $0.97, or 2.8 percent, to $35.33 a barrel, following a jump of over 8 percent the previous day.

Oil prices climb for second day amid hopes for output cut by US producers but Saudi Arabia Russia price war trim off gains

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“Expectations that US shale oil producers will need to trim output helped improve the market sentiment,” said Satoru Yoshida, a commodity analyst with Rakuten Securities.

Oil and equity markets had staged solid rebounds on Tuesday after the previous day’s pummeling, with signs of co-ordinated action by the world’s biggest economies to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic helping pull investors out of panic mode.

Still, “the rebound in crude oil is not expected to last long, with Saudi Arabia and Russia boasting about how much they can boost output by as the battle for market share begins,” ANZ said in a note.

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it would boost its oil supplies to a record high in April, raising the stakes in a standoff with Russia and effectively rebuffing a suggestion from Moscow for new talks on production levels.

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