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Oil Dips Near $40 With IEA Warning of Fragile Market Outlook

Oil Dips Near $40 With IEA Warning of Fragile Market Outlook

(Bloomberg) — Oil slipped near $40 a barrel in New York as the IEA cautioned on a fragile outlook and Russia indicated OPEC+ may stick with its current plans to lift output.

The group’s plans to boost production in January will leave the market in a precarious balance, and potentially unable to handle higher supply from elsewhere or a drop in demand, the International Energy Agency said. Russia’s energy minister said his nation expects to be able to gradually raise production without harming the market.

Though prices edged lower, there were bright spots. A Chinese mega-refiner is snapping up barrels of Middle Eastern crude to feed trial runs of its expanded plant. At the same time India’s refiners have cranked up processing to meet higher demand during a festive period.



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WTI close to 50-, 100- and 200-day moving averages

A lot of traders’ attention is turning to plans by OPEC+ to raise supply next year in line with its agreement earlier this year. While some producers inside the group are said to be having doubts, the United Arab Emirates and now Russia have said that, for the time being, the group will proceed as scheduled. Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday urged the alliance to comply with agreed cuts as virus infections rise again.

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“OPEC+ could provide a silver bullet by not tapering cuts at the start of next year as planned,” said PVM Oil Associates analyst Stephen Brennock. “But such a proposition will be hard to swallow by some of the group’s members.”

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West Texas Intermediate for November delivery fell 0.4% to $40.05 a barrel at 12:10 p.m. London timeBrent for December settlement lost 0.2%, to $42.38

Despite its cautionary outlook, the IEA said that the

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OPEC+ Oil Boost to Leave Market in Precarious Balance, IEA Says

OPEC+ Oil Boost to Leave Market in Precarious Balance, IEA Says

(Bloomberg) — The outlook for oil “remains fragile” as the pandemic depresses demand, and OPEC’s plans to increase supply next year will leave global markets precariously balanced, the International Energy Agency said.

“There is a risk that the demand recovery is stalled by the recent increase in Covid-19 cases in many countries,” the IEA said in its monthly market report.

At the same time, markets are set to receive fresh supplies in January as OPEC and its partners relax some of the measures they’ve taken to prevent a glut. Once the taps are opened, “there is only limited headroom for the market to absorb” anything more, the Paris-based agency said.



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A Precarious Balance

The acceleration in virus infections is leading many in the market to question if the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies will increase supply from January. Producers inside the group are also having doubts, according to delegates. Still, United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei said on Tuesday that, for now, OPEC+ plans to proceed with the supply boost as scheduled.

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Global oil demand remains on track for an unprecedented 8% slump this year because of the economic fallout from the virus. To offset the drop, and prop up prices, the OPEC+ alliance led by Saudi Arabia and Russia has made vast reductions in output.

Also see: Saudi Prince and Putin Urge OPEC+ Compliance as Oil Prices Sag

Their measures have “shown some success,” depleting the world’s swollen inventories in the third quarter at a rate of 900,000 barrels a day, the IEA said. Crude futures are hovering just above $40 a barrel in London.

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Yet the declines in inventories will slow markedly in the first half of next year, the report showed.

Having phased out some of

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