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OPEC waiting for Russia before
deciding how much oil to cut

Reuters, by Rania El Gamal, Ahmad Ghaddar

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 12/6/2018 6:13:50 AM

VIENNA - OPEC has made a planned cut in oil output effectively conditional on the contribution from non-OPEC producer Russia, delegates said on Thursday as the group gathered in Vienna for a meeting aimed at supporting battered oil prices. Five delegates said the group was waiting for news from Russia as Energy Minister Alexander Novak had flown back from Vienna for a possible meeting with President Vladimir Putin. Novak returns to Vienna on Friday for talks between OPEC and its allies, following discussions among OPEC producers on Thursday. “I am optimistic. There will be a deal, but it is unclear

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tlcary, 12/6/2018 7:25:55 AM     (No. 11854331)

If OPEC cuts production it jacks up the price America gets for our oil exports and it increases world demand for our product. That´s more jobs and revenue. The impact at the pump is minimal because we can now fill our own needs. If (what´s left of) OPEC fails to cut production the price at the pump drops even further. Win! Win!. Thank you DJT!
And, other the other end of the pew sat Jimmy Carter...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 12/6/2018 7:30:06 AM     (No. 11854344)

It´s taken far too long for OPEC to get its 1973 comeuppance.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: rolfnader, 12/6/2018 8:42:51 AM     (No. 11854453)

There was a time when we cared what OPEC or Russia was up to with their oil production and pricing. Americans have become apathetic these days. I blame President Trump for that.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: red1066, 12/6/2018 8:52:54 AM     (No. 11854467)

Russia needs the money to fuel their economy and their military. Putin won´t cut much if at all because of that. Putin´s expansionism and his desire to reclaim the territory he thinks is Russia´s needs oil money to pay for it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dvc, 12/6/2018 1:12:41 PM     (No. 11854809)

#4 nails it. Russia exports primarily except raw materials, oil, gas, raw logs, precious metals, a bit of other metals, but very little money is earned selling manufactured goods (well under 10%), because they are shoddy, outdated and expensive. Oil and gas account for about 60% of Russian export revenues, the biggest cash flow to the Kremlin. Ag products represent about 5%.

Putin is in a trap. He can sell a large quantity of oil & gas for a low price, or he can sell a smaller quantity of oil & gas for a higher price per barrel.

Either way, he makes roughly the same money - and not really enough to fund the grand military schemes that he imagines are his due while he works at recreating the "glories" of the Soviet Union.

USA´s high oil & gas production is a critical issue as far as helping our economy, and the world power situation. It CANNOT be overstated how many good things flow, inexorably, from this simple fact (high us oil and gas production), helped immensely by our wonderful President.

And the ruble is very, very weak. In 2004 the exchange rate was 23 per US dollar. Today it is 67 per US dollar. All imports cost Russians almost three times what they did 15 years ago.

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