U.S. oil prices settled lower on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said he expects OPEC members to reach a unified decision later this week, but he would not disclose details on the decision, according to Dow Jones reported.
A Gulf OPEC delegate told Reuters the GCC had reached a consensus not to cut oil output. Three OPEC delegates separately told Reuters they believed OPEC was unlikely to cut output when the 12-member organisation meets on Thursday.
WTI crude ended the session 40 cents lower at $73.69 a barrel, not far from its session low $73.30. Benchmark Brent futures were last down by about 50 cents at $78 a barrel, having hit a low of $77.30 in the session.