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OPEC is unlikely to cut output at its upcoming meeting, Saudi Arabia's oil minister said in comments published Tuesday, as indications mounted that the oil producing bloc would resist a temptation to tighten the taps despite wanting higher crude prices.
The recent resilience shown by the oil markets is not because of any improvement in the global economy or rise in oil consumption. Instead, analysts said, oil is once again being sought by investors as a refuge against a slumping dollar and rising inflation.
The global economy has crashed and so has the price of oil. The same countries that used billions from crude exports to subsidize gasoline at home, even as prices hit record highs elsewhere in the world, are now under tremendous strain.
Saudi Arabia's domestic development efforts could provide a much-needed financial boost to firms outside of the Kingdom.
The developments show how the global financial crisis has torn through the Arab Peninsula, until recently thought immune due to massive sovereign savings and earnings from energy exports, with almost the same violence as in Europe and North America.
Markets think this weekend's meeting of the G-20 is going to be a non-event, but sources have told CNBC that there could be at least one important development: the potential for creditor nations to pledge hundreds of billions of dollars to support aid programs for countries caught up in the credit crisis.
Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia provided the most visible evidence yet of adhering to OPEC's deal to curb output by telling refiners in Asia that it would cut December supplies by 5 percent, term lifters said on Monday.
Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has already cut significantly crude supplies to some of its customers, industry sources said on Tuesday, quelling doubts OPEC would stick to its latest output deal.
You know the oil markets are in touble when even a hurricane can't stop prices from falling.
OPEC's decision to for a modest cut in production isn't likely to stop crude prices from heading lower in the coming months, analysts said.
OPEC on Wednesday deepened its links with major non-OPEC producer Russia and said it was cutting back output by around half a million barrels per day.
Senior oil officials from Iran and Libya said Monday that there is too much crude on the market, adding that OPEC is reviewing whether supply exceeds demand before deciding whether to cut back production.
You got to admire the American ‘Can-Do’ spirit, which is on full throttle display since we have awoken to energy predicament. Oil sheiks got over us a barrel? Not for long! Definitely not when we really put our collective Yank minds to the problem – as we are finally beginning to do.
Oil prices fell sharply in afternoon trading to below $130 a barrel as uncertainty about the overall trend for the commodity continued.
U.S. crude oil futures ended lower for the second day in a row as government inventory data showed surprise increases in crude and gasoline stocks.
The world's top oil exporter Saudi Arabia wants to see lower oil prices, Saudi King Abdullah said in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
Oil prices fell harder than they have in 17 years on a dollar basis Tuesday, as fears that record fuel prices are spreading broad economic pain led to the third big sell-off in just over a week.
Oil rose slightly above $145 Monday as supply concerns in Brazil in the midst of an energy workers strike outweighed ongoing worries that high fuel costs are dragging down consumer nation demand.
U.S. crude oil futures ended more than 2 percent higher as geopolitical and supply worries combined to lift prices to an all-time high.
Oil prices jumped nearly $6 to above $141 a barrel Thursday amid threats to production in Nigeria and Brazil and as additional missile tests by Iran escalated tensions with the West.