Oil prices rise on US-China trade deal hopes
Opec+, which is meeting in December, expects to make deeper production cuts to offset US fracking output
London/Tokyo — Oil prices rose on Tuesday on positive economic data and hopes for a Washington-Beijing trade deal that will lead to a de-escalation in tensions between the world’s top economies.
Brent crude was up 66c, or 1%, at $62.79 a barrel at 10.16am GMT. US crude rose 48c, or 0.8%, to $57.02 a barrel. Oil has been supported by hopes for a trade deal between the US and China, the two biggest oil consumers, that could boost demand.
China is pushing US President Donald Trump to remove more tariffs imposed in September as part of a phase one US-China trade deal.
“If some of the existing tariffs were to be dismantled, that should restore some measure of global demand for oil as economic and trade conditions recover,” said Han Tan, market analyst at FXTM.
Investors are also keeping an eye on US inventory data due later.
US crude oil inventories were forecast to have risen last week, while refined products stocks likely declined, a preliminary Reuters poll showed on Monday.
The US Federal Reserve’s interest rate cut last week, recent weakness in the dollar, and improved US jobs growth in October also provided support, analysts said.
“We believe that the strength in oil prices will be short-lived, given the scale of the surplus that is expected over the first half of 2020,” ING analyst Warren Patterson said. “The risk to this view is if [oil cartel and other producers including Russia] Opec+ surprises the market in December by announcing even deeper than expected cuts for 2020.”
Opec+ has, since January, implemented a deal to cut oil output by 1.2-million barrels per day (bpd).
Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Monday that he expects further production cuts to be agreed at the next meeting of the group in December.
Opec said it would supply a diminishing amount of oil in the next five years as output of US shale and other rival sources expands. Opec’s production of crude oil and other liquids is expected to decline to 32.8-million bpd by 2024, the group said in its 2019 World Oil Outlook.
Opec secretary-general Mohammad Barkindo said on Tuesday that the group fully supports the Paris Agreement on climate change, a day after the Trump administration said it had filed paperwork to withdraw the US from the pact.
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