Brent Briefly Touches $65

Brent Briefly Touches $65 Brent Briefly Touches $65

Brent crude oil briefly reached 2019 highs above $65 per barrel on Friday, as OPEC-led supply cuts and the announcement of a higher-than-expected cut by Saudi Arabia this week encouraged investors. 
The international benchmark for oil prices rose as high as $65.10, pushing past $65 for the first time this year. It fell back to $64.75, up 18 cents or 0.28% from the last close, CNBC reported. 
Brent is near a three-month high and set for a more than 1% gain on the week. 
US West Texas Intermediate crude futures were at $54.50 per barrel, up 9 cents from their last settlement. 
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries along with allies led by Russia made voluntary production cuts beginning last month aimed at tightening the market. 
Top exporter and de facto OPEC leader Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it would cut over half a million barrels per day more in March than the deal called for, sending prices surging. 
Prices were also buoyed by the partial closure of Saudi Arabia’s Safaniya, its largest offshore oilfield with a production capacity of more than 1 million bpd. 
The shutdown occurred about two weeks ago, a source said, and it was not immediately clear when the field would return to full capacity. 
“Brent should average $70 per barrel in 2019, helped by voluntary (Saudi, Kuwait, UAE) and involuntary (Venezuela, Iran) declines in OPEC supply,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a note. 


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