Finally the OPEC agrees to cut down oil production
For the first time in eight years, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (aka OPEC) agreed to cut oil output, coming down to 32.5 million from 33 million barrels per day. There had been increasing pressure on the group of 14 oil producing countries to reduce production after their oil profits started falling a few years back. Frenemies Saudi Arabia and Iran cooperated on this decision and the Iranian oil minister called it a smart consensus:
“Opec made an exceptional decision."
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 28, 2016
OPEC members are committed to continue working together and with other NON-OPEC producers to balance the supply and demand
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The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is made up of countries who, together, produce more than a third of the world's oil. With the U.S. increasing oil production and the recent increase in fracking operations, the market has been flooded, literally, with too much oil. OPEC countries' economies are heavily dependent on oil revenues, making this compromise a contentious one.
This agreement is really great news for Venezuela where the falling economy can get some relief.
Oil prices jumped up after the announcement - the first time in five months.
— Bloomberg (@business) September 28, 2016
How much will each country actually produce will be decided in the next formal meeting in November.
Citi's Ed Morse says the OPEC deal "is still kicking the can down the road to November 30, where individual country quotas might be decided"
— Ed Crooks (@Ed_Crooks) September 28, 2016
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