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Last Updated : Sep 11, 2015 08:06 AM IST | Source: Reuters

Oil falls as Saudi sees no need for summit to defend prices

The front-month October contract for Brent LCOc1, the global oil benchmark, shed 20 cents to USD 48.69 a barrel as of 0034 GMT after it previously settled up USD 1.31, or 2.8 percent, at USD 48.89 a barrel.


Crude oil prices dipped on Friday after news top oil exporter Saudi Arabia sees no need for a summit of producing countries' heads of state to defend prices, partly offsetting the previous session's strong rally on bullish gasoline demand.


The front-month October contract for Brent LCOc1, the global oil benchmark, shed 20 cents to USD 48.69 a barrel as of 0034 GMT after it previously settled up USD 1.31, or 2.8 percent, at USD 48.89 a barrel.


The US crude October contract CLc1 also lost 29 cents to USD 45.63 a barrel after it settled up USD 1.77, or 4 percent, at USD 45.92 a barrel.

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Saudi believes such a summit by oil producers would fail to produce concrete action toward defending oil prices, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The comments followed a meeting of Gulf Arab oil ministers with Qatar's emir in Doha, at which a Venezuelan proposal for an OPEC and non-OPEC summit was discussed.


Oil prices on Thursday rallied as US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data showed demand for gasoline over the latest four-week period was up almost 4 percent from a year ago, bullish for late-summer consumption of the motor fuel.


While crude inventories USOILC=ECI rose by 2.6 million barrels to 458 million barrels in the past week, compared with analysts' expectations for an increase of 933,000 barrels, crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub USOICC=ECI fell by 897,000 barrels to 56.41 million barrels, EIA said.


Russia's energy minister expects that cuts in global shale oil production, which has been hard hit by lower oil prices, will help stabilise the fragile oil market. Alexander Novak also reaffirmed that Russia, one of the world's top oil producers, would not cut its own production as it would lead only to a short-term recovery with risks of subsequent slumps in prices.


Asian shares rose on Friday thanks to gains on Wall Street, while the dollar steadied after facing pressure from a rallying yuan and US data that offered no clarity on whether the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates next week.



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First Published on Sep 11, 2015 08:06 am
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