Oil Climbs Higher on China, Japan Rebound
EghtesadOnline: Oil prices climbed on Monday, recouping some losses from the previous session as hopes that OPEC+ will hold current output curbs offset concerns over weaker fuel demand due to growing coronavirus infections and higher production in Libya.
Figures showing a rebound in the world’s second and third largest economies, China and Japan, also supported prices, along with data that Chinese refineries processed the most crude ever in October on a daily basis, CNBC reported.
Brent crude futures for January rose 54 cents, or 1.3%, to $43.32 a barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate crude for December was at $40.76 a barrel, up 63 cents, or 1.6%.
“Fundamentally China’s numbers do support why oil prices can keep at these levels,” said OCBC economist Howie Lee.
Both contracts gained more than 8% last week on hopes of a vaccine for COVID-19 and that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, including Russia, will maintain lower output next year to support prices.
The group, also known as OPEC+, has been cutting production by about 7.7 million barrels a day, with a compliance rate seen at 101% in October, and had planned to increase output by 2 million bpd from January.
OPEC+ is set to hold a ministerial committee meeting on Tuesday that could recommend changes to production quotas when all the ministers meet on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
However, the speedy recovery of oil production in OPEC member Libya back to above 1.2 million bpd presents a challenge to OPEC+ cuts.