Oil prices have fallen 4.8% to $US67.30 a barrel, according to data from Yahoo! Finance.

What’s Going On?

At the weekend, The Washington Post reported that Saudi Arabia, the largest exporter of oil, could end its curb on production which has bolstered global prices for 18 months.

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Source: Yahoo! Finance

OPEC, a group of oil producing countries which includes Saudi Arabia, is believed to have been concerned by US President Donald Trump’s Tweets about OPEC artificially increasing prices.

There are added concerns amongst investors that Russia and Saudi Arabia may increase their output in response to the rising prices.

“We’re not interested in an endless rise in the price of energy and oil,” Russian President Vladimir Putin was reported saying by Bloomberg. “I would say we’re perfectly happy with $60 a barrel.”

Despite that, with the upcoming initial public offering of Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Aramco, it’s unlikely the oil state will want prices to fall too low ahead of the estimated $132 billion public sale of its shares.

Summary

It wasn’t so long ago that oil prices were pushing lows of $US30 per barrel, a price which helped economies that consume vast amounts of oil, such as the US. Clearly, there are many competing interests in the global oil market at present. But with Trump and Putin seemingly happy with lower prices, the market might come under more pressure.

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