WTI Hits $50 As OPEC Agrees On Modest Output Increase For Russia, Kazakhstan

Amid winks, nods, and rumors, WTI Crude futures have just surged back above $50 for the first time since February after OPEC+ appears to have agreed on a small crude output hike in February.

As Reza Zandi reports, OPEC+ will increase the current level of production by only 75 thousand bpd instead of 500 thousand bpd.

It appears that the increase will apply to Russia and Kazakhstan.

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Additionally, delegates claim that the Saudis plan to make voluntary output cuts in February, which is quite a shocking signal of The Kingdom's determination to "re-balance" the oil market.

Bloomberg's Javier Blas reports that Saudi Arabia has not disclosed to other OPEC+ countries the size of its voluntary output cut - and we must emphasize, this is so far an offer. Riyadh has yet to announce it formally.

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman may use the OPEC+ press conference to confirm the plan, and disclose the volume.

This is about as 'best case scenario' as we can imagine for this meeting.

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