Oil costs dipped on Thursday as document U.S. crude output heightened issues of a return of global oversupply, stoking discuss from inside OPEC that production curbs could grow to be essential as soon as once more to stop a glut.
Front-month Brent crude oil futures had been at $71.93 a barrel at 00301 GMT, down 14 cents from their final shut.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures had been at $61.68 per barrel, nearly flat from their final settlement.
Benjamin Lu of brokerage Phillip Futures in Singapore mentioned that total, “Oil prices continue to demonstrate…bearish influences amidst market concerns of rising global inventories… (and as) increasing output levels threaten to upset supply fundamentals in Q4 2018.”
A gaggle of producers across the Middle East-dominated Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in addition to Russia determined final June to loosen up output curbs in place since 2017, after strain from U.S. President Donald Trump to scale back oil costs and make up for provide losses from Iran.
But with Iran sanctions now in place and oil nonetheless in ample availability, OPEC-led production cuts subsequent yr can’t be dominated out, two OPEC sources mentioned on Wednesday.
“OPEC and Russia may use cuts to support $70 per barrel,” mentioned Ole Hansen, head of commodity technique at Saxo Bank.
“The introduction of U.S. sanctions earlier this week against Iran failed to lift the market given the announcement that eight countries, including three of the world’s biggest importers, would receive waivers to carry on buying Iranian crude for up to six months,” Hansen mentioned.