Volatile Oil Bounces After Saudi Arabia’s Comments

Oil prices fell on Monday, releasing fleeting gains made after the Saudi Arabian cabinet reiterated its commitment to work with other producers, as a firm dollar and concern over global oversupply reasserted themselves.

Prices rallied briefly after Saudi Arabia said in a statement the kingdom remained ready to work with other producing and exporting countries to stabilize prices.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 44 cents a barrel at $41.45 a barrel, having touched a session high of $42.75 following the Saudi statement.

Benchmark January Brent futures were last down 3 cent at $44.63 a barrel. The price hit an intraday high of $45.73 earlier in the session.

“Nobody really believes Saudi Arabia will bow to pressure (to cut output),” Commerzbank strategist Carsten Fritsch said.

“In that case, they would surrender all their efforts, or any success they had achieved so far in the last 12 months and any pain would have been for nothing,” he said.

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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