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OPEC Will Try to Talk Prices Down If Oil Tops $70, Goldman Says

  • Cartel fears impact on global economy, growth in U.S. shale
  • Iran, Iraq and Nigeria have all warned about soaring prices
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Currie sees oil prices "flat to down," driven by shale.Source: Bloomberg

OPEC would try to talk down an oil rally above $70 a barrel to cushion the impact on the global economy and rival supplies, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Oil has climbed to a three-year high above $69 in London amid OPEC production cuts, growing demand and political risks to supply. If prices keep rising, OPEC could see some unwelcome developments, such as greater investment by competitors including U.S. shale drillers, or central bank interventions to temper inflation, Goldman said.