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West TX Oil Drops Below $46 on OPEC’s Demand Forecast

West Texas Intermediate oil fell for the fourth time in five days as OPEC said it expects weaker demand for its crude and U.S. output climbed to the highest in records dating to January 1983.

Demand for oil from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will average 28.8 million barrels a day this year, about 100,000 barrels less than forecast last month, the Vienna-based organization said in a monthly report. U.S. output surged to 9.19 million barrels a day last week, the Energy Information Administration reported yesterday.

Crude slid almost 50 percent last year, the most since the 2008 financial crisis, as OPEC resisted calls to cut its output ceiling amid the U.S. shale boom, exacerbating a global surplus. WTI crude will decline to $32 by the end of this quarter, Bank of America said.

Bloomberg [1]

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