Oil rises after OPEC agrees to lift output

 Oil prices have been on a roller-coaster ride, with Brent trading above $100 a barrel for years.

Oil prices have been on a roller-coaster ride, with Brent trading above $100 a barrel for years.

Oil prices rose almost 3% on Friday as OPEC agreed to a modest increase in output to compensate for losses in production at a time of rising global demand.

Benchmark Brent crude jumped $2.19 a barrel, or almost 3%, to a high of $75.24 before slipping to about $75 by 1305 GMT. U.S. light crude was $1.80 higher at $67.34.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), meeting in Vienna, agreed on Friday to boost output from July after its de facto leader Saudi Arabia persuaded arch-rival Iran to cooperate in efforts to reduce the crude price and avoid a supply shortage.

Two OPEC sources told Reuters the group agreed that OPEC and its allies led by Russia should increase production by about 1 million barrels per day (bpd), or 1% of global supply.

Smaller real increase

But the real increase will be smaller because several countries that recently underproduced oil will struggle to return to full quotas while other producers will not be allowed to fill the gap.

Analysts had expected OPEC to announce a real increase in production of 5,00,000 to 6,00,000 barrels per day, which would help ease tightness in the oil market without creating a glut.

“The effective increase in output can easily be absorbed by the market,” Harry Tchilinguirian, head of oil strategy at French bank BNP Paribas told Reuters Global Oil Forum.

Oil prices have been on a roller-coaster ride over the last few years, with Brent trading above $100 a barrel for several years until 2014, dropping to almost $26 in 2016 and then recovering to more than $80 last month.

The most recent price rally followed an OPEC decision to restrict supply in an effort to drain global inventories.

The group started withholding supply in 2017 and this year, amid strong demand, the market tightened significantly, triggering calls by consumers for higher supply. Declining production in Venezuela and Libya, as well as the risk of lower output from Iran as a result of U.S. sanctions, have all increased market worries of a supply shortage.

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