Oil Rises As Exploration Cuts Deepen

Oil prices rallied again Tuesday, with producers announcing spending cuts that added to a slew of positive factors helping to drive the commodity higher.

U.S. crude climbed more than $1.50 a barrel on Tuesday and was trading above $51 a barrel by 12:30 p.m GMT (7:30 a.m. EST). Brent crude for March delivery opened at $55 a barrel and had risen to $56.68 a barrel by the same time. Both have seen gains of around 3 percent in morning trade and have climbed around 16 percent since Friday.

It came as BP CEO Bob Dudley told CNBC on Tuesday that the number of U.S. shale rigs was “dropping like a stone,” but added that it would be a while before excess supply worked its way out of the market.

“The really good parts of the shale (industry) can sustain $30, but those that are around the fringes of that, they’re going to struggle. I think we’ll see eventually … (the number) flatten out and then drop.”

Oil has seen a few sessions of firmer prices, with the Brent crude benchmark close to erasing its total losses for the year so far.

via CNBC

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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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