Reuters: Oil prices pressured by oversupply, global economic concerns

08:55, 17 December 2018
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International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were at $60.33 per barrel at 0423 GMT, up 5 cents, or 0.08 percent, from their last close, Reuters said.

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U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $51.33 per barrel, up 13 cents, or 0.25 percent.

Persistent growth in U.S. shale output continues to weigh on oil prices, while some analysts doubted that planned supply cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries would be enough to rebalance markets.

"I don't believe OPEC cuts will work this time around with Qatar going out and Iran refusing to cut, while there's a big question mark when Russia will go to its agreed level," said Sukrit Vijayakar, director of oil consultancy Trifecta.

"Meanwhile, U.S. production will go on increasing. So the whole load will effectively be on Saudi Arabia, who is under severe pressure from Trump anyway."

OPEC and its Russia-led allies have agreed to curb output from January, in a move to be reviewed at a meeting in April. Saudi Arabia is OPEC's de facto leader.

Meanwhile, increasing concerns about weakening growth in major markets such as China and Europe also dampened the mood in oil and other asset classes.

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