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Market MovementOPEC increases quota as Ivan decreases US productionOn Sept. 15, as Hurricane Ivan was disrupting oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries excluding Iraq voted to boost their collective production quota by 1 million b/d to a record high of 27 million b/d effective Nov. 1 in an effort to lower crude prices.But since OPEC already is producing 28 million b/d, analysts said, the net effect at presstime was that Ivan more likely would push up energy prices.Indeed, after weeks of spiraling downward, energy futures prices soared Sept. 13 and continued climbing Sept. 14 as crews were evacuated from 575 of...

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