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OPEC Runs Out of Options as Bid to Boost Oil Price Fizzles

  • Deeper output cut would only encourage more rival supply: UBS
  • Sticking with current policy can still succeed: Energy Aspects
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OPEC’s plan to boost oil prices by cutting production has fizzled, yet it has little choice but to stick with it.

Crude has surrendered all of its gains since the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries first agreed production cuts in November. While the group has implemented the curbs, a rebound in U.S. shale output and stubbornly-high stockpiles show the world’s three-year crude glut isn’t shifting. Even signals from Saudi Arabia and Russia that they’ll prolong the supply reductions haven’t staunched the rout.