Oil prices rise after Opec+ keeps output steady, Russian price cap imposed

Brent, WTI rise as much as two per cent before paring gains; Opec+ sticks to plans to cut production by two million bpd; More Chinese cities relax Covid-19 restrictions



Brent crude futures were last up $1.51, or 1.8 per cent, to $87.08 a barrel at 0945GMT, while WTI crude futures gained $1.40, also 1.8 per cent, to $81.38 a barrel.
Brent crude futures were last up $1.51, or 1.8 per cent, to $87.08 a barrel at 0945GMT, while WTI crude futures gained $1.40, also 1.8 per cent, to $81.38 a barrel.

By Reuters

Published: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 4:09 PM

Last updated: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 5:04 PM

Oil prices rose on Monday after Opec+ nations held their output targets steady ahead of a European Union ban and a G7 price cap which kicked in on Russian crude.

At the same time, in a positive sign for fuel demand in the world’s top oil importer, more Chinese cities eased Covid-19 curbs over the weekend.

Brent crude futures were last up $2.29, or 2.7 per cent, to $87.86 a barrel at 1200GMT, while WTI crude futures gained $2.24, or 2.8 per cent, to $82.22 a barrel.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and allies including Russia, together called Opec+, agreed on Sunday to stick to their October plan to cut output by two million barrels per day (bpd) from November through 2023.

“The decision ... is not a surprise, given the uncertainty in the market over the impact of the Dec. 5 EU Russia crude oil import ban and the G7 price cap,” said Ann-Louise Hittle, vice president of consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

“In addition, the producers’ group faces downside risk from the potential for weakening global economic growth and China’s zero Covid policy.”

The Group of Seven (G7) countries and Australia last week agreed on a $60-a-barrel price cap on seaborne Russian oil.

Business and manufacturing activity in China, the world’s second largest economy, have been hit this year amid strict measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Persistent sluggishness in China’s economy could reverse oil’s price gains, said Leon Li, a Shanghai-based analyst at CMC Markets.

“The current economic data of China is still weak ... It is challenging to drive the demand for crude oil,” said Li. — Reuters


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