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Oil Prices at 11-Year Low
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Oil Prices at 11-Year Low

Oil prices fell for a seventh straight session on Monday, coming close to 11-year lows, on growing fears that the global oil glut would worsen in the months to come in a pricing war between leading OPEC and non-OPEC producers.
Brent crude LCOc1 fell by 3.4% to below $36.70 a barrel for the first time since December 2008 and U.S. West Texas Intermediate CLc1 sank 2.5% below $34.70 a barrel, Reuters reported.
Brent traded less than 50 cents above the lows last seen during the 2008 financial crisis of $36.20 a barrel. If Brent falls below that level, that will be its lowest since mid-2004 when talk of a commodity super-cycle was only beginning.
WTI’s financial crisis low was $32.40 in December 2008.
“Oil is coming under pressure as the lack of OPEC cuts mean incessant oversupply continues,” said Amrita Sen from Energy Aspects think tank.
Both benchmarks have fallen every day since the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries on Dec. 4 abandoned its output ceiling. In the past six sessions, they have shed more than 13% each.
OPEC has been pumping near record levels since last year in an attempt to drive higher-cost producers such as US shale firms out of the market. New supply is likely to hit the market early next year as OPEC member Iran ramps up production once sanctions are lifted as expected following the July agreement on its disputed nuclear program.
“All new production will be earmarked for exports,” BMI Research said in a note. “In addition to volumes released from storage, Iran will be able to increase crude oil and condensates exports by a maximum of 700,000 b/d by end-2016,” it said.
Gulf producers and Russia have previously said they would not cut output even if prices fell to $20 per barrel. On Friday, the International Energy Agency that the global supply glut was likely to deepen next year and put more pressure on prices. But it said it didn’t believe the world would run out of storage capacity.
OPEC supply is likely to increase by 1 million bpd next year, Morgan Stanley analysts said in a research note Monday.
“Almost the entirety of added supplies in 2016 will come from Iran, Iraq and Saudi,” it said.

 

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