OPEC+ Agrees on Significant Output Cuts Amid Market Uncertainty
In a decisive move, OPEC+ members, led by Saudi Arabia, have agreed to substantial voluntary output cuts totaling about 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd) for early next year. This announcement, which emerged from the group's online meeting, has sent ripples through the global oil markets.
Market Reaction to Voluntary Supply Cuts
Despite the sizeable cut, benchmark global oil prices settled down by around 2%. This subdued reaction is attributed to the voluntary nature of the reductions and prior investor expectations of even deeper cuts.
The total curbs, amounting to 2.2 million bpd, include an extension of the existing voluntary cuts by Saudi Arabia and Russia of 1.3 million bpd. The additional 900,000 bpd of cuts include 200,000 bpd of fuel export reductions from Russia, with the rest being divided among six other OPEC+ members. Saudi Arabia, Russia, the UAE, Iraq, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, and Algeria are among the producers who have agreed to unwind these cuts gradually after the first quarter of next year, depending on market conditions.
Brazil Joins OPEC+, Boosts Bloc's Clout Amid Cut Skepticism
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