Crude Oil Analysis: WTI, Brent Gain Ground Ahead of OPEC+
Both West Texas Intermediate and Brent Crude Oil are gaining $2/barrel today ahead of this weekend’s OPEC+ meeting. The group is expected to consider additional production cuts in the wake of a $20 drop in oil prices over the last two months. If OPEC+ does decide to scale back drilling yet again, it could prove to be a near-term bullish catalyst for crude prices, but longer-term questions remain about whether all members will adhere to new limits…and how the limits can be enforced for any noncompliant nations. Outside of OPEC, traders are also tracking oil rigs in the US, which ticked higher for the first time in ... (full story)
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