OPEC And its Allies Are Set To Meet on Dec. 6 to Discuss Supply Cuts

Gold Silver Reports (GSR) – Growing fears of an economic slowdown, which saw global stock markets tumble again, added further pressure on crude.

Brent crude oil futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were down $3.27, or 4.9 percent, at $63.52 a barrel at 9:56 a.m. ET (1456 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell $3.47, or 6.1 percent, to $53.73 per barrel.

The head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned of the effects of geopolitical instability on prices.

“We are entering an unprecedented period of uncertainty in oil markets,” Fatih Birol told a conference in Norway.

Oil prices are around a quarter below their recent peaks in early October, weighed down by surging supply, especially from the United States, as well as a slowdown in global trade.

“The same old adage applies…Too much supply, not enough demand,” said Matt Stanley, a fuel broker at StarFuels in Dubai.

U.S. crude oil production has soared by almost 25 percent this year, to a record 11.7 million barrels per day (bpd).

Amid the uncertainty, financial traders have become wary of oil markets, seeing further price downside risks from the growth in U.S. shale production as well as the deteriorating economic outlook.

Portfolio managers have sold the equivalent of 553 million barrels of crude and fuels in the last seven weeks, the largest reduction over a comparable period since at least 2013.

Funds now hold a net long position of just 547 million barrels, less than half the recent peak of 1.1 billion at the end of September, and down from a record 1.484 billion in January.

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