United States Oil Fund LP (ETF) (USO): The First Ever OPEC Production Cut Since 2008
By Tyler Durden
The much anticipated headline is out and, as Bloomberg reports, OPEC has reached a deal agreeing to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day to 32.5mmbpd from the current level of 33.6mmbpd, according to a delegate. This would be OPEC’s first production cut since 2008.
- OPEC REACHES AGREEMENT TO CUT OIL OUTPUT: DELEGATE
- OPEC AGREES TO CUT OUTPUT BY 1.2M B/D TO 32.5M B/D: DELEGATE
Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran appear to have resolved their differences over production cuts for the time being, with the Saudis accepting that Iran can raise production to about 3.9 million barrels a day. Still it appears some last minute glitches remains:
- OPEC MINISTERS STILL DEBATING DETAILS OF OIL OUTPUT CUT PROPOSAL FOR SOME COUNTRIES INCLUDING IRAQ – SOURCES. RTRS.
- IRAQ PM BEING CONSULTED BY OIL MINISTER ON PROPOSED OPEC OUTPUT CUT – OPEC SOURCE. RTRS
According to other local reports, OPEC won’t wait for non OPEC to cut OOTT, and the deal goes effective in January and it’s for 6 months and can be extended.
In a potential twist, however, the agreement is also likely to include a reduction of about 600,000 barrels a day by non-OPEC countries according to Bloomberg. This means that there is an element of conditionality to the deal should Non-OPEC nations balk when they sit down with OPEC members next to discuss the final deal framework.
Some early skepticism to the deal has emerged from Commerzbank, whose analyst Carsten Fritsch notes that OPEC’s decision to cut production for the first time in 8 years is pushing prices higher, although the full impact on the market will depend on how the cuts are divided among member states. “Prices reacted positively but the devil is in the detail,” Fritsch said. “We have to wait for a country breakdown and whether it’s reliable or not.” Says the initial price reaction may have been muted as even higher numbers circulated in the market. Doesn’t expect to see a meaningful production cut from non- OPEC states.
We now await the details of who will cut and by how much, how will the production cuts be implemented and supervised, and whether the deal is conditional on Non-OPEC, mostly Russia, participation. Having soared over 7% in advance of the announcement, crude remained near its highs of the day. The front-month Brent contract also resumes climb, trading $3.55 higher at $49.93.