OPEC, Russia along with additional oil producing nations agreed on Easter Sunday to cut output by a record amount.
Cuts will represent approx 10% of global supply, to support oil prices amid the coronavirus pandemic, as reported by Reuters.
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The group (known as OPEC+) agreed to reduce just shy of 10 millions barrels per day for May-June after a compromise with Mexico, two OPEC+ sources said.
As a result, oil prices moved higher in overnight trading.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 5.32% (which had eariler risen as much as 8%) to trade at $23.97 per barrel, while international benchmark Brent crude gained 4.35% to $32.85 per barrel.
The 9.7 million barrels per day cut will begin on May 1, and will extend through the end of June. The cuts will then taper to 7.7 million barrels per day from July through the end of 2020, and 5.8 million barrels per day from Jan.
Ed Morse, Citi’s global head of commodities, wrote in a note to clients on Sunday “Unprecedented measures for unprecedented times,” suggesting the cuts will have significant impact in the second half of the year and help lift prices to the mid-$40s by year-end.
However, he also indicated that that there will be short-term pain while the market rebalances.
“It’s simply too late to prevent a super-large inventory build of over one billion barrels between mid-March and late May and to stop spot prices from falling into single digits,” he said.