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Iraq Follows Saudi Price Cuts as Brent Oil Falls With WTI

Iraq will sell its Basrah Light crude to Asia at the biggest discount since January 2009 as it follows Saudi Arabia and Iran in cutting prices amid a slump in Brent futures to the lowest in almost four years.

Brent crude, the European benchmark, fell 2 percent in London today while West Texas Intermediate lost 1.4 percent in New York. Iraq, the second-biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, trimmed the price differentials for supplies to Asia and Europe for November, the country’s State Oil Marketing Co., known as SOMO, said yesterday.