Doubts Over Oil Output Agreement Grow

Oil futures lost more steam Tuesday on doubts the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will dole out any strong measures to enforce production caps at their ongoing meeting.

OPEC officials have said the purpose of the two-day gathering, which wraps Tuesday, is to discuss ways to improve compliance level to the deal, which went into effect in January in hopes of reducing historically high global stockpiles of crude.

But various data have shown that some member states haven’t abided by their assigned production level, and small countries such as Ecuador have pushed back, arguing that capping output is hitting their economies.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Former Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary.

His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News.

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