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Trump Calls for OPEC to Boost Production

By  AOG Staff Thursday, 28 March 2019 04:03
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called for the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to boost oil production to lower the price of the commodity.

File photo: The floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) PSVM in Block 31 offshore Angola. (Photo: BP)
File photo: The floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) PSVM in Block 31 offshore Angola. (Photo: BP)

"Very important that OPEC increase the flow of Oil. World Markets are fragile, price of Oil getting too high. Thank you!" Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

Immediately following Trump's tweet, U.S. crude oil futures fell by more than $1 to $58.33 a barrel and Brent futures were down by more than $1 to a session low of $66.76 per barrel.

Crude oil prices have risen this year amid supply cuts by OPEC as well as U.S. sanctions on OPEC member countries Venezuela and Iran. The drop in production has led to a tightening of oil inventories.

But analysts have warned oil prices would be higher by now if not for a spreading economic slowdown expected to soon start hitting fuel consumption.


(Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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