Oil Drops after OPEC+ Output Deal, but Markets to Stay Tight

(From Reuters)

Brent crude oil fell by more than 1 percent on Monday as investors prepared for an extra 1 million barrels per day (bpd) in output to hit the markets after OPEC and its partners agreed to raise production.

Despite the increase, which is intended to stop the gap between global supply and demand from becoming too wide, analysts said global oil markets would likely remain relatively tight this year.

Brent crude futures LCOc1 fell $1.16 to $74.39 a barrel by 1126 GMT, while U.S. light crude CLc1 was up 16 cents at $68.74 a barrel, supported in part by a Canadian supply outage.

Prices initially jumped after an OPEC deal to increase output was announced late last week, as it was not seen boosting supply by as much as some had expected.

OPEC and non-OPEC partners including Russia have since 2017 cut output by 1.8 million bpd to tighten the market and prop up prices.

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