Oil prices rise further following Opec’s decision to cut production

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 01 Dec 2016, 19:34:28

Oil prices rise further following Opec’s decision to cut production

Oil prices have risen further following Wednesday's agreement by the Opec group of oil producing nations to cut output, reports BBC.

The price of Brent crude rose 1.3 per cent to $52.51 a barrel, after soaring 8.8 per cent on Wednesday.

The deal, Opec's first output cut for eight years, is designed to reverse a slump in global oil prices and will see the group reduce production by 1.2 million barrels a day from January.

But analysts have raised doubts about its chances of succeeding.

"Compliance is key and it's worth noting that Opec members don't have the best record on that front," said Neil Wilson of ETX Capital.

The price of US crude has also risen, trading 1.1 per cent higher at $49.99 a barrel after jumping 9 per cent on Wednesday.

"Opec has delivered an agreement," said Jason Gammel of US investment bank Jefferies. "For the time being, oil prices have received a huge support."

The output cut follows several years of depressed oil prices due to a supply glut on the market, which has seen prices more than halve since 2014.

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