Is OPEC Counting Too Much On Venezuela Sanctions?

14 Aug 2017   OPEC, Venezuela

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) released its monthly oil market report on Thursday, and the news was enough to send WTI below $50 after a brief week-long rally. The report indicated OPEC’s production reached a new height in July, as members pumped above and beyond the production cuts agreed to last November and extended this May. Within the group, however, there’s lots of potential for disruption, which could send prices up or down depending on circumstances. Total OPEC production reached its highest level all year, topping out at 32.9 million bpd in July, up 172,600 bpd from June. Saudi Arabia, the largest producer and de facto leader of OPEC, reported monthly production averaging 10.06 million bpd. The country exceeded its production quota largely due to higher seasonal demand, and will likely lower it again at the end of the summer. The oil producer has stated it intends […]

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