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OPEC smoke and mirrors' may be all it needs to boost oil

Is OPEC irrelevant? Gartman weighs in

Just the whiff of an OPEC meeting has driven oil prices higher, squeezed shorts in the futures market — and made further inaction by the cartel more likely.

But that hasn't stopped market chatter that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries could revisit the idea of a production freeze when it meets informally on the sidelines of an energy conference in Algeria late next month.

Oil's recent dip back into the $30s per barrel may be enough to get some OPEC members to curb their bickering and consider joint action — if crude plummets again. But for now, analysts see the cartel just talking, with the more needy members pushing for relief through a freeze or other deal.