Oil tops $73 on Venezuela turmoil, Saudi support for OPEC cuts

Oil bulls hit the brakes

Brent crude futures fell 11 cents, or 0.2 percent, to settle at $72.04 a barrel while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures climbed 20 cents, or 0.3 percent, to end the session at $63.50.

The Saudis face a tricky task to balance the market and help revive their economy while fielding U.S. President Donald Trump's public jibes to accelerate output and help lower gasoline prices.

The situation in Venezuela, an OPEC member whose oil exports have been hit by US sanctions and an economic crisis, was fluid on Tuesday.

This was already a tough balance to strike, but it has been made almost impossible now that it's been discovered that Russian Federation has been exporting contaminated crude oil, clogging up European refineries and making an already fragile oil market even more volatile than before.

Saud Arabia's state news agency, RIA, is out with the latest comments by the Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, with the key headlines found below.

Brent hit a six-month high above $75 last week because of tightening global markets amid USA sanctions on Iran and Venezuela coupled with Russian oil export problems stemming from a contaminated pipeline.

The sting of the Trump administration's decision not to re-issue waivers on Iran oil sanctions faded on Friday with crude prices dropping more than 3% following comments from the USA president.

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Last week the Trump administration announced that it will not be renewing six-month waivers granted to eight countries to continue buying limited quantities of Iranian oil, a move that shocked experts and sent the global oil market up for a bumpy week.

"We are of the view that Saudi Arabia will increase output as soon as May, something they were likely to do anyway in the lead up to summer", ING bank said.

"I confirm our commitment to meet all these requests (to replace Iranian oil)".

"Based on what I see now, I expect some kind of agreement on oil output".

The 14-member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped 30.23 million barrels per day (bpd) this month, the survey showed, down 90,000 bpd from March and the lowest OPEC total since 2015, the Reuters survey showed. "There is no shortage on the (global oil) market", he said.

"We believe that the (fall in prices) is probably due to the situation on the futures market being now overbought", Commerzbank wrote in a note.


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