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BLOOMBERG - Oil extended gains after a third monthly advance as OPEC agreed to prolong production cuts through to the end of 2018 in an effort to drain a global glut.
Futures added 0.6 percent in New York after rising 0.2 percent Thursday. The nine-month extension was beefed up through the inclusion of Nigeria and Libya, two OPEC members originally exempted from the curbs. By keeping the 1.8 million barrels a day of cuts in place, the group aims to return stockpiles to their five-year average without overheating the market.
Oil has climbed about 22 percent since the start of September on tightening supplies and expectations the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies would prolong cuts past the end of March. U.S. output expanded to another record last week, highlighting the challenge ahead for OPEC and Russia as shale producers ramp up production amid rising prices.
"It's good to have Nigeria and Libya in the fold, but the market reaction has been fairly muted given the outcome was largely expected," said David Lennox, a commodity analyst at Fat Prophets in Sydney. "The focus now is on U.S. output. We're not going to see the oil price rally too much further because when it rises, we see much more activity from the U.S. producers."
West Texas Intermediate for January delivery was at $57.72 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, up 32 cents, at 7:50 a.m. in London. Total volume traded was about 16 percent below the 100-day average. Prices rose 10 cents to $57.40 on Thursday, capping a 5.6 percent gain for November.
Brent for February settlement climbed 43 cents to $63.06 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The January contract expired Thursday after adding 46 cents, or 0.7 percent, to $63.57. The global benchmark crude was at a premium of $5.32 to February WTI.
U.S. oil production may climb by another 1 million barrels a day before the end of 2018 after the extension of the OPEC-led cuts, according to Barclays Plc. There is a "clear upside risk" to further output gains if current prices persist, the bank said. The nation pumped 9.68 million barrels a day last week, the highest level in more than three decades, according to government data.
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U.S. FRB - Industrial production edged up 0.1 percent in July after rising at an average pace of 0.5 percent over the previous five months. Manufacturing production increased 0.3 percent, the output of utilities moved down 0.5 percent, and, after posting five consecutive months of growth, the index for mining declined 0.3 percent. At 108.0 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production was 4.2 percent higher in July than it was a year earlier. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector was unchanged in July at 78.1 percent, a rate that is 1.7 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2017) average.
NPD - Preliminary production figures for July 2018 show an average daily production of 1 911 000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate, which is an increase of 64 000 barrels per day compared to June.
GAZPROM NEFT - For the first six months of 2018 Gazprom Neft achieved revenue** growth of 24.4% year-on-year, at one trillion, 137.7 billion rubles (RUB1,137,700,000,000). The Company achieved a 49.8% year-on-year increase in adjusted EBITDA, to RUB368.2 billion. This performance reflected positive market conditions for oil and oil products, production growth at the Company’s new projects, and effective management initiatives. Net profit attributable to Gazprom Neft PJSC shareholders grew 49.6% year on year, to RUB166.4 billion. Growth in the Company’s operating cash flow, as well as the completion of key infrastructure investments at new upstream projects, delivered positive free cash flow of RUB47.5 billion for 1H 2018.
REUTERS - Front-month Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were at $72.34 per barrel at 0648 GMT, down by 12 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were down 23 cents, or 0.3 percent, at $66.81 per barrel.