TOKYO (Reuters) – Brent oil prices rose on Wednesday to the highest since February after Saudi Arabia agreed to make bigger cuts in output than expected during a meeting with allied producers, while industry data showed U.S. crude stockpiles fell last week.
Brent crude rose as much as 0.6% to $53.94 a barrel, the highest since Feb. 26, 2020. It was at $53.79 a barrel at 0147 GMT and gained 4.9% on Tuesday.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures gained 13 cents, or 0.26%, to $50.06 a barrel. The contract on Tuesday closed up 4.6% at $49.93, its highest since Feb. 24, 2020.
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, agreed on Tuesday to make additional, voluntary oil output cuts of 1 million barrels per day (bpd) in February and March, after a meeting with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other major producers that form the group known as OPEC+. Read more…..
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As part of our Outlook Series 2021, David Stockman of Contra Corner warns Daniela Cambone that the new year will not be any better than 2020. Pointing to an overvalued market and government that has been led astray, he predicts 2021 will be “the year after the joy ride with a massive accident waiting to happen.” Stockman asserts that America is treading uncharted waters, and “the longer it takes to correct, the more disastrous the crash.”