Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Monday that oil markets were rebalancing after years of oversupply, but that he still expected an OPEC-led deal to cut output during the first half of the year to be extended to all of 2017.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), of which Saudi Arabia is the de-facto leader, and other producers including Russia, pledged to cut output by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) during the first half of the year to prop up the market.
But global inventories remain high, pulling crude oil prices back below $50 per barrel LCOc1 CLc1 and putting pressure on OPEC to extend the cuts to the rest of the year.
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