Commodities

Crude oil rises ahead of OPEC meet, US inventories report

PTI Singapore | Updated on November 24, 2017 Published on June 11, 2014

Oil prices rose in Asia today ahead of the release of a key indicator of US energy demand and a meeting of the OPEC oil cartel.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery was up four cents at $104.39 a barrel in mid-morning trade and Brent oil for July delivery added nine cents to $109.61.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which pumps out about one third of the world’s oil, is expected to maintain its production output at a Vienna meeting later today.

OPEC production target

The “OPEC meeting will probably confirm official production target of 30 million barrels per day”, research house Capital Economics said.

Producers have said they are comfortable with the current price levels at more than $100 a barrel, with Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi describing the market at “stable and balanced’’.

Analysts said ongoing disruptions to Libyan output mean there is no pressure on other OPEC members to cut back.

Russia-Ukraine crisis

The market is also tracking European Union-brokered talks between Ukraine and Russia to resolve a bitter natural gas dispute while keeping an eye on a weekly US Department of Energy report of oil inventories later in the day.

US inventories data

The US inventories data is important for clues on the state of demand in the world’s biggest oil consuming nation.

Analysts expect the report to show a decline of 1.7 million barrels, according to a survey of analysts by Dow Jones Newswires.

Published on June 11, 2014
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