Will the decline of U.S. crude prices continue below $60 a barrel?

Oil prices have lost a fifth of their value over the past month

Oil prices have lost a fifth of their value over the past month

"It's been a flawless storm for oil as of late, with lower global growth expectations, higher output from the US, Russia and Saudi Arabia, waivers on Iranian sanctions and general risk aversion in the markets sending Brent and WTI rapidly into bear market territory", Craig Erlam, a senior market analyst at Oanda, said on Wednesday.

"Of course we need dialog at the highest level", Putin told reporters in Singapore on Thursday. Saudi Arabia is the largest crude oil producer within OPEC, although the US and Russian Federation now produce more oil than the kingdom. The country's crude output is expected to average 12.06 million bpd in 2019, passing 12 million bpd sooner than expected on surging shale supply, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said this month. An industry report was said to show United States stockpiles rose 8.8 million barrels last week, more than double the increase forecast in a Bloomberg survey before government data due on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia's energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday that the kingdom will reduce exports by around 500,000 barrels a day from November to December.

The issue of production cut is expected to be discussed formally at the upcoming meeting of OPEC members and other partnering countries at a high-level meeting scheduled on December 6 in Vienna. As of last week, hedge funds and other money managers had reduced their long position in oil contracts to their lowest since August 2017. Crude oil has lost over a quarter of its value since early October in what has become one of the biggest declines since prices collapsed in 2014.

Brent for January settlement climbed $1.01 to $67.13 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange.

You can track oil prices live at Markets Insider. The talks are preliminary, and the size of the final cut will largely depend on the starting point they use, said one of the people.

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Opec is to gather in Vienna to assess the market.

With this type of trend, falling stock prices cause investor confidence to plummet right along with the oil prices.

According to the report, OPEC crude output went up to 32.99 million barrels per day in October, "up 240 kb/d on a year ago".

Traders said recent weakness in equities has fanned concerns about global growth, which is also contributing to declines in oil. He continued that the ultimate aim is to compel Iran (currently the world's sixth largest exporter of crude oil) to permanently abandon its well-documented outlaw activities and behave as a normal country.

In addition to Trump's tweet, the price of oil has come under pressure because of fears that weakening economies outside of the USA could diminish demand.

Lastly, the production of United States oil has continued to climb as well.

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