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OPEC Plans Informal Talks Next Month, Sees Oil Dip Temporary

  • Oil prices set to increase in late 2016 as demand recovers
  • Qatar minister says price slide partly linked to Brexit vote
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Informal Talks: What Does OPEC Hope to Achieve?

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The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will hold informal talks at a conference in Algiers next month and considers the recent decline in oil prices temporary, the group’s president said Monday.

“Expectation of higher crude oil demand in the third and fourth quarters of 2016, coupled with decrease in availability, is leading the analysts to conclude that the current bear market is only temporary” and prices will increase later this year, Mohammed Al Sada, Qatar’s energy minister and holder of OPEC’s rotating presidency, said in a statement on the group’s website. Members constantly discuss ways to stabilize the market, he said.