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West TX Oil Above $76.50 as Investors Weigh OPEC Output Cut

West Texas Intermediate crude rose for a second day as investors weighed the likelihood OPEC will cut production when it meets in Vienna next week.

Futures advanced as much as 1.2 percent in New York. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries may reduce its output target by no more than 500,000 barrels a day, Bank of America Corp. said in a note yesterday. Iran will protect its share of global sales and can double exports in two months if sanctions are removed, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said, according to the ministry’s news website Shana.

Oil has collapsed into a bear market as the U.S. pumps at the fastest rate in more than three decades amid signs of weakening demand. Leading OPEC members are resisting calls to reduce supply while others including Venezuela seek action to support prices before a Nov. 27 meeting.

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