Brent Oil Near $79.50 as Investors Weigh OPEC

Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude gained for the first time in four days as investors weighed the potential outcome of next week’s OPEC meeting.

Leading members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are resisting calls to reduce output while others including Venezuela seek action to support prices at a Nov. 27 meeting in Vienna. An OPEC production cut looks increasingly likely, Morgan Stanley said in a report yesterday. Brent trading volatility rose to the highest in more than two years.

“The market is eyeing next week’s OPEC meeting for some kind of movement,” said Gene McGillian, a senior analyst at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut. “OPEC needs to take action and make the cuts. The market is still under pressure but we are close to the bottom.”


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