IEA Upgrades Oil Demand Forecast After OPEC Agreement

The next few weeks will give investors an insight into whether the production cuts by OPEC and non-OPEC will be fully implemented and will be a crucial period for prices of the commodity, according to a new monthly report by the IEA (International Energy Agency).

“For contractual and logistical reasons, we might initially see that the output cuts do not fall neatly into place,” the Paris-based organization said in the report Tuesday.

“The deal is for six months and we should allow time for it to be implemented before re-assessing our market outlook. Success means the reinforcement of prices and revenue stability for producers after two difficult years; failure risks starting a fourth year of stock builds and a possible return to lower prices,” the IEA added.

After several meetings this year, OPEC countries decided to cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day starting in January. Non-OPEC members, such as Russia, joined the efforts earlier this month sending oil prices higher.

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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