Oil prices fall on relentless rise in U.S. crude output

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"Currently, there's downward pressure on oil prices with concerns remaining over surging USA crude production", Kim Kwangrae, a commodities analyst at Samsung Futures, said by phone in Seoul.

On energy, the American Petroleum Institute said last week the tariffs would harm the USA energy sector just as it's on pace to lead globally.

NAIJ.com gathers that Brent sweet crude was at 65.70 dollars per barrel, up 21 cents, or 0.3 per cent, from their previous close.

While the producer group complied with a pledge to curb output and ease a glut in 2017, US flows that are gaining a bigger slice of the prized Asian market may prompt some nations to boost supplies, said Warren Patterson, a commodities strategist at the Dutch bank.

Oil held gains above $62 a barrel after US crude explorers curtailed activity for the first time since January.

Brent crude, which is the global benchmark of crude oil, had opened 2018 at $64.73.

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Healthy demand and ongoing supply restraint by a group or producers led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russian Federation, however, have so far prevented further price falls.

Oil prices fell on Monday on expectations that U.S. output will rise this year, erasing earlier gains due to lower weekly USA rig counts and falling United States unemployment.

ING's Patterson agrees that keeping a lid on price hikes is necessary; in an interview in Singapore he said, "We need to see prices in the short-term trade below $60 to reduce that incentive for USA producers". "They continue to give market share away to the U.S".

Despite this, general market conditions remain weak, and crude prices have not managed to return to their early 2018 highs of over $70 per barrel for Brent and nearly $67 a barrel for WTI.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) said the USA may drastically reduce its import of crude oil from Nigeria by 2022, going by its projection of becoming a net energy exporter in four years. Asia is the biggest buyer of the supplies. In addition, USA production reached 10 million barrels per day for the first time since 1970. The U.S. government expects major shale regions to boost output by 131,000 bopd in April, spurring fears that surging supplies will undermine OPEC's efforts to clear a glut. "The deal will still officially be in place, but once we get into 2019 there's no chance that we will see some sort of deal".

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