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Crude oil prices dip due to record rise in US output, higher OPEC supplies

Saudi Arabia, effective leader of the OPEC and Russia have discussed boosting output to compensate for supply losses from Venezuela

Reuters  |  Singapore 

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dipped for a second session on Monday, with prices coming under pressure from record U.S. output and expectations of higher supplies.

Global benchmark Brent was down 12 cents, or 0.16 percent, at $76.67 a barrel by 0159 GMT.

"Crude oil remained under pressure as the market remained focused on the discussion between members about whether they should increase production later this year," ANZ said in a note.

"In the U.S., the data also presented a gloomy picture. Crude oil production rose to another record, while drilling activity picked up again."

But U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) gained 6 cents, or 0.09 percent, to $65.87 a barrel. Last week, the market lost around 3 percent, adding to a near 5-percent decline from a week before.

"We are going into summer, the high demand season, and I think we are going to see a fall in U.S. crude oil inventories, but shale oil output is growing. Which one is going to win is the issue," said Tony Nunan, oil risk manager at Mitsubishi Corp in Tokyo.

Saudi Arabia, effective leader of the (OPEC), and have discussed boosting output to compensate for supply losses from and to address concerns about the impact of U.S. sanctions on Iranian output.

Russia's largest oil producer will be able to restore 70,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil output in just two days if global production limits are lifted, Renaissance Capital wrote in a client note.

U.S. crude production rose in March to 10.47 million barrels per day (bpd), a monthly record, the Energy Information Administration said on Thursday.

U.S. drillers added two oil rigs in the week to June 1, bringing the total to 861, the most since March 2015, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said on Friday. That was the eighth time drillers have added rigs in the past nine weeks.

Hedge funds and other money managers cut their bullish wagers on U.S. and options, according to data released on Friday, as slumped on oversupply fears.

The speculator group cut its combined futures and options position in New York and London by 50,937 contracts to 370,980 during the week to May 29, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said.

First Published: Mon, June 04 2018. 11:29 IST