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Oil up on back of Russian production cuts

LONDON, May 26, 2020 – Oil was up on Tuesday morning in Asia with Russian expectations of a rebalancing of the market by June or July.

Russia is one of the top oil producers in the world.

Brent oil futures rose 1.58% to $36.09 by 12:21 PM ET (5:21 AM GMT). There was no settlement of WTI futures due to a holiday in the US.

Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak said overnight that rising fuel demand, as countries loosen lockdowns, could cut the current global oversupply, estimated at 7 to 12 million bpd, within the next two months.


Russia also reported that it was close to meeting its production cut target of 8.5 million bpd for May and June. As a member of <a href='’>OPEC, it had pledged to cut production alongside other members of OPEC+ in April.

The next OPEC+ meeting is scheduled for June.

Investors were buoyed, with production cuts finally making a dent in the black liquid’s oversupply.

“There’s definitely a feeling those cuts have come through as well as you could expect…with economies restarting, the focus is on the improvement in the fundamentals, rather than what seemed like a complete collapse in demand only a few weeks ago,” Daniel Hynes, senior commodity strategist at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, told CNBC.


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