Oil prices drop amid doubts over OPEC output cut

BNN-Oil prices fell 3 per cent on Tuesday on signs leading oil exporters were struggling to agree a deal to cut production to reduce global oversupply.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet in Vienna on Wednesday aiming to implement a deal outlined in September to cut output by around 1 million barrels per day (bpd), from around 33.82 million bpd in October. Oil prices drop amid
But key OPEC members appear to disagree over details of the plan and some analysts have suggested the meeting may fail to reach a deal or produce one that is unworkable.
Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh said the country will not cut oil production.
Indonesian Energy Minister Ignasius Jonan said he was not sure OPEC would clinch a deal to limit oil output when it met.
O’Leary: OPEC has never worked
With oil moving higher despite OPEC struggling to reach an agreement on output cuts, Kevin O’Leary, chairman at O’Leary Financial Group, joins BNN to weigh in on whether the flip-flop on curbing production will impact OPEC’s credibility. “I don’t know. Let’s see. The feeling today is mixed,” he told reporters when asked about the prospects of a deal.
Brent crude oil was down US$1.50 a barrel at US$46.74 by 1315 GMT. U.S. light crude oil was down US$1.50 at US$45.58 a barrel.
Non-OPEC producer Russia confirmed on Tuesday it would not attend the OPEC gathering, but added that a meeting between the group and non-affiliated producers at a later stage was possible.
“Volatility is set to be high in the oil market in the days ahead,” analysts at Barclays said.
Intense negotiations would be needed on Wednesday to cement a deal, Goldman Sachs analysts said.
“The latest headlines suggest that while there is a broad agreement on the rationale for a cut, political considerations and country level quota negotiations are so far preventing a deal from being reached,” Goldman Sachs said.
There remains disagreement among OPEC members over which producers should cut by how much.
If OPEC agreed a production cut to 32.50 million bpd, crude prices would likely rise to the low US$50s a barrel, Goldman said.
Both Goldman and Barclays said oil prices would quickly move above US$50 per barrel if a production cut is agreed by OPEC.
“If no deal is reached, our expectation of rising (crude) inventories through 1H 2017 would warrant prices averaging US$45 per barrel through next summer,” Goldman said, noting a move to below US$40 per barrel would be difficult to sustain.
In Asia, OPEC’s biggest customer region, oil importers made clear that they would not be happy with an artificial supply cut that hikes prices, and that in case of a cut they would seek more supplies from outside OPEC.

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