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Oil prices jump on talk OPEC is ready to deal, but traders are wary of ‘jawboning’

Oil prices jump on talk OPEC is ready to deal, but traders are wary of ‘jawboning’
February 13
13:37 2016

NEW YORK — Global oil prices surged as much as 12 per cent on Friday after a report once again suggested OPEC might finally agree to cut production to reduce the world glut, while a bounce in stock markets fed appetite for risk.





Despite the strong daily gain, oil prices were poised to end the week down as much as 5 per cent.

The United Arab Emirates’ energy minister said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries was willing to cooperate on an output cut, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday after crude futures settled in U.S. trade.

Many traders were skeptical at first about the report, noting that Venezuela and Russia had tried in vain earlier in the week to stir Saudi Arabia and other major producers into agreeing to output cuts.

But after a 75 per cent price slump since mid-2014 that has taken crude prices to more than 12-year lows, many were inclined to believe that a rebound was due sooner or later if production tightens or demand picks up.

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Oil prices jump on talk OPEC is ready to deal, but traders are wary of ‘jawboning’

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