Oil prices recover after drop in output by US, Russia and Opec
Singapore — Oil prices rebounded on Tuesday on reports that production at the world’s largest oil producers fell during the third quarter, though a resumption in Saudi supply and demand concerns continued to keep a lid on prices.
December Brent crude futures rose 51c, or 0.86% to $59.76 a barrel by 4.26am GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for November was up 52c, or 0.96%, at $54.59 a barrel.
Front-month prices for both contracts posted their largest quarterly falls in 2019 on Monday, hurt by a slowdown in global economic growth amid the US-China trade war.
“Asia has seen some profit-taking from short-term money and other bargain hunters,” Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst for Asia Pacific at Oanda in Singapore, said.
“Any rallies though are likely to be met with plenty of sellers as a slowing global economy and the recovery of Saudi production outweigh any Middle East risk factors for now.”
Oil prices are likely to remain steady, with Brent averaging $65.19 a barrel and WTI $57.96 in 2019, as flagging demand outweighs supply shocks, a Reuters survey showed.
Brent has averaged $64.72 a barrel so far in 2019, while WTI has averaged $58.13.
Saudi Aramco has restored full oil production and capacity to the levels they were at before attacks on its facilities on September. 14, the head of its trading arm said on Monday. Saudi Arabia pumped about 9.78-million barrels a day in August.
Still, the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (Opec’s) output fell to the lowest in eight years in September at 28.9-million barrels a day, down by 750,000 from August’s revised figure and the lowest monthly total since 2011, a separate Reuters survey found.
Output at the world’s two largest producers, the US and Russia, also fell in July and September, respectively.
Russia’s output declined to 11.24-million barrels day in September, down from 11.29-million in the previous month, sources said, though it is still above the quotas set in an output deal between Russia and Opec.
US crude oil output fell 276,000 barrels a day in July to 11.81-million as federal offshore Gulf of Mexico production slid, according to a US energy information administration monthly report released on Monday.
US production peaked at 12.12-million barrels a day in April.
US crude oil stockpiles were likely to have risen by 1.1-million barrels last week, while distillate stocks probably slipped, a preliminary Reuters poll showed on Monday.