Opec deal hinged on 2am phone call, very nearly failed

"It looks achievable on the face of it, provided the parties to the latest production cut deal stick to their pledges, which has historically been somewhat of a sticking point", ANZ bank said on Friday.

OPEC members reached a deal on November 30 to decrease oil output by 1.2 mb/d - a huge step which led to 8.5-percent growth in oil price.

This decision is seen as a collaborative effort of OPEC and non-OPEC oil producing countries in 15 years.

Traders said markets were jittery, and that prices could sharply swing either way depending on developments at the meeting in Vienna.

"This agreement comes from a sense of responsibility from Opec member countries and non-Opec member countries for the general well-being and health of the world economy", Mr Al-Sada said.

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The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which accounts for a third of global oil supply, will reduce production starting in January by 1.2 million barrels per day, or over 3 percent, to 32.5 million bpd.

The deal also included the group's first coordinated action with non-OPEC member Russian Federation in 15 years.

Non-Opec countries will also be expected to reduce production by 600,000 barrels a day, although it was left open as to which countries may participate.

When many thought that OPEC had no more influence on oil prices, yesterday proved them wrong with Brent prices surging by 9% to trade above $50.

Saudi Arabia, the cartel's biggest producer, will take the biggest cut, with a reduction of 486,000 barrels, bringing its daily output to just above 10 million barrels.

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Oil prices are still only at September-October levels - when plans for a cut were first announced - and crude prices are less than half mid-2014 levels, when the oil price began to collapse.

The shift - aimed at draining a crude glut that's pushed down prices for two years - will help revive the tattered finances of oil-producing countries and reverberate in markets around the world, from the Canadian dollar to Nigerian bonds to USA shale equities. They eased slightly in early Asian trading on concerns that other producers, especially U.S. shale drillers, could fill any gap.

That would take its output to January 2016 levels, when prices fell to more than 10 year lows.

Despite the agreed deal, doubts were widespread.

USA crude production has risen by over 3 per cent this year to 8.7 million bpd, as its drillers have aggressively slashed costs.

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The increased price is welcome, Drangmeister said, but will be most beneficial to the state if it lasts a few months.


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