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Oil eased on Monday, echoing the weakness in global stock markets and erasing some of the gains made last week when producer group OPEC and other key exporters agreed to cut their crude output from January to prevent oversupply. reports citing Reuters.

Brent crude oil futures fell 90 cents on the day to $60.77 a barrel by 1510 GMT, while U.S. futures fell $1.06 to $51.55 a barrel.

Prices closed 3 percent higher on Friday after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and some non-OPEC producers including heavyweight Russia said they would cut oil supply by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd).

“They had one thing in common - none of them wanted to see inventories rise further. They could disagree on prices and upon the size of the cuts, but to really see inventories moving higher? No one wanted that,” SEB commodities strategist Bjarne Schieldrop said.

“Firstly, we’ll get some (price) stability, even if oil is weighed down by bearish equities. That really took the glow off oil,” he said.

OPEC has agreed to cut by 800,000 bpd, led mainly by Saudi Arabia, while non-members will cut by 400,000 bpd, with most of that decrease shouldered by Russia.

“Friday’s agreement was a seemingly good one, or maybe we should say the best one under the current circumstances,” Tamas Varga, a strategist with PVM Oil Associates, said.

“As good as it looks, our view is that it will not be able to provide long-term price supports because it could not help global oil inventories deplete.”

2018.12.10 / 20:16
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