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OPEC-Russia Oil Deal Faces a New Danger: Too Much Winning

  • Crude’s jump to $70 triggers warnings of U.S. output surge
  • Ministers prepare to meet in Oman to discuss supply-cuts pact
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When OPEC and Russia meet this weekend to review their strategy for clearing a global oil glut, they’ll face an unusual problem: it could be working just a bit too well.

As their output cuts, coupled with robust global demand, tighten the market, crude prices have soared to a three-year high near $70 a barrel. That’s prompted warnings -- from Iran’s oil minister to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and even OPEC’s own analysts -- of a fresh surge in U.S. production, wrecking all of the group’s hard work.