Oil prices climb due to a weaker dollar and expectations for OPEC+ output cuts

Oil prices saw a slight increase on Tuesday, attributed to a weakened dollar and expectations that the OPEC+ producer group would intensify and prolong output cuts amid concerns about subdued demand.

Brent crude futures rose 11 cents, or 0.1%, to close at $80.09 a barrel at 5:10 GMT. Futures contracts for US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil were trading 4 cents higher, also up 0.1%, at USD 74.90 per barrel.

Both benchmarks trimmed some gains after experiencing a sharp rise in early Asian trade.

OPEC+, comprising the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies, including Russia, is scheduled to conduct an online ministerial meeting on November 30 to deliberate on production targets for 2024.

The meeting takes place as oil prices sharply decline, driven by concerns of oversupply despite OPEC+ output cuts. Brent and WTI have fallen over 18% and 21%, respectively, since late September highs, with non-OPEC production, especially in the United States, adding pressure.

OPEC+ contributed to a drop in oil prices last week by delaying its meeting to resolve disagreements on production targets for African producers. However, sources suggest the group is moving toward a compromise, potentially aiding Saudi Arabia in garnering consensus for deeper output cuts.

The drop in prices might alleviate pressure on Riyadh from the U.S. to limit output cuts, as per analysts.

„Saudi Arabia may be comforted that US gasoline prices have fallen for 60 straight days. This may soften the US opposition to any move to tighten oil markets and support prices,“ noted ANZ Research in a Tuesday statement.

The U.S. dollar’s decline to its lowest level in three months is expected to boost demand from countries that pay for their oil in other currencies.

 

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