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Oil edges further above USD62, helped by expected fall in US stocks

December 07/2017

MOSCOW (MRC) Ч Oil edged further above USD62/bbl on Tuesday, supported by strong demand, expectations of a drop in US crude inventories and an OPEC-led deal to extend oil output cuts, said Reuters.

Concerns that the OPEC-led producer group's Nov. 30 decision to prolong their supply-cutting deal through 2018 could bolster US shale drilling limited gains, however. US production climbed to nearly 9.5 MMbpd in September. Brent crude, the global benchmark, was up 25 cents at USD62.70/bbl by 1443 GMT. US crude, known as West Texas Intermediate, rose 3 cents at USD57.50.

"Demand remains firm which is the main reason for us to still see oil at above $60/bbl," said Georgi Slavov, head of research at Marex Spectron. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other non-OPEC producers last week extended the deal to cut output by 1.8 MMbpd until the end of 2018 to get rid of excess oil in storage.

Faster-than-expected growth in demand this year has given tailwind to OPEC's efforts to clear the glut and the latest US inventory reports are likely to show a third straight weekly drop in crude stocks. Analysts expect the reports from industry group American Petroleum Institute (API) and the government's Energy Information Administration (EIA) to show crude stocks fell by 3.5 MMbbl.

The API report is out at 2130 GMT on Tuesday, followed by the government supply report on Wednesday. OPEC has shown strong compliance with the supply cut pledge and in November output fell by 300,000 bpd to its lowest since May, according to a Reuters survey.

However, rising US oil production presents a headwind for OPEC's efforts and data last week showed US crude output rose to nearly 9.5 MMbpd in September, approaching the high of 9.63 MMbpd seen in 2015. "US output will play the most significant role on the supply front in 2018," said Tamas Varga of oil broker PVM.

"A jump above USD60 in WTI could easily push US production over the 10 MMbpd mark, increasing the non-OPEC forecast and capping further attempts to push prices higher."
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, petrochemistry, Crude oil.
Category:General News
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