Market Hotline: OPEC production restraint now looming as market threat

Rebounding oil prices in the wake of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s stunning return to power after an abortive 48-hr coup may be a harbinger of things to come this year.The ‘countercoup’ by Chávez supporters and others alarmed by the speed with which the interim government dismantled not only Chávez’s putative legacy but also the existing government infrastructure spawned a reversal in oil prices as well. The expectation that a replacement government would depart from Chávez’s fidelity to Venezuela’s Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries production quota had provided a brief counterpoint to the news that Iraq was ...

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