OGJ Newsletter

05/07/2001
Market MovementOil prices on the upswingOil prices are surging again, so the market focus again has fallen on how well OPEC will micromanage oil supply to sustain its unofficial $25/bbl target price.That was brought to light with oil prices rising by more than $1.50 shortly after a comment late last month by Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi that OPEC is unlikely to increase production at the group's ministerial meeting in June.As UBS Warburg put it, "The surprise, perhaps, is that such a comment would surprise the market."The stock overhang already in place and likely to exist by early June makes it unlikely that there will be a strong enough price signal for OPEC to raise quotas. And ...
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