- Title: OPEC extends oil output cut by nine months - analysts comment
- Date: 25th May 2017
- Summary: DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (MAY 24, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) THOMAS STREATER, HEAD OF RESEARCH, MB COMMODITIES CAPITAL, SAYING: "Their (Saudi Arabia) financial position has improved because of the increasing oil price but also because of debt issuance. They've issued massive amounts of debt, but this is not a sustainable thing for their economy. So, they'll want to rather have higher oil prices rather than borrowing more money to fund the spending needs."
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- Keywords: analysts comment by nine months oil output cut OPEC extends
- Location: VARIOUS, SAUDI ARABIA / ENGLAND, LONDON, UK / DUBAI, UAE
- City: VARIOUS, SAUDI ARABIA / ENGLAND, LONDON, UK / DUBAI, UAE
- Country: Saudi Arabia
- Topics: Commodities Markets,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA0046IC6JKD
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- Story Text: Analysts give their views on why OPEC has decided to extend cuts in oil output by nine months to March 2018, according to an OPEC delegate.
The producer group is battling a global glut of crude after seeing prices halve and revenues drop sharply in the past three years.
The cuts are likely to be shared again by a dozen non-members led by top oil producer Russia, which reduced output in tandem with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries from January. Non-OPEC producers meet OPEC later on Thursday.
OPEC's cuts have helped push oil back above $50 a barrel this year, giving a fiscal boost to producers, many of which rely heavily on energy revenues and have had to burn through foreign-currency reserves to plug holes in their budgets.
Oil's earlier price decline, which started in 2014, forced Russia and Saudi Arabia to tighten their belts and led to unrest in some producing countries including Venezuela and Nigeria.
The price rise this year has spurred growth in the U.S. shale industry, which is not participating in the output deal, thus slowing the market's rebalancing with global crude stocks still near record highs.
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