SOLIDARITY WITH OPEC
BOE wrote, many nations are willing to join OPEC in cutting production to secure a continued improvement in oil prices, said Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy and Industry Khalid Al-Falih.
Oil producing countries can secure a "healthy" price gain with a small percentage output cut, Al-Falih said at the Oil and Money conference in London Wednesday. Both the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and producers outside the group are aiming for a deal by the end of November, he said.
Crude futures extended gains after the minister's comment, with West Texas Intermediate advancing 1.4 percent to $51 on the New York Mercantile exchange at 9:52 a.m. London time.
The Saudi Minister painted an upbeat view of the oil market, saying the industry was finally at the end of a considerable downturn. Although the recovery took longer than expected, U.S. crude inventories are declining and supply and demand clearly are coming back into balance, he said.
Oil has fluctuated near $50 a barrel amid uncertainty about whether OPEC will be able to implement an accord to reduce supply when they gather at an official meeting in November. A committee will meet later this month to try and resolve differences in the group over how much individual members should pump.
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IMF - Output grew by 3.8 percent in 2017, underpinned by a resilient non-hydrocarbon sector, with robust implementation of GCC-funded projects as well as strong activity in the financial, hospitality, and education sectors. The banking system remains stable with large capital buffers. Growth is projected to decelerate over the medium term.
IMF - Higher oil prices and short-term portfolio inflows have provided relief from external and fiscal pressures but the recovery remains challenging. Inflation declined to its lowest level in more than two years. Real GDP expanded by 2 percent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of last year. However, activity in the non-oil non-agricultural sector remains weak as lower purchasing power weighs on consumer demand and as credit risk continues to limit bank lending.