Oil Prices Soar as Non-OPEC Producers Join Output Cut

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Oil soared Monday following a landmark deal by Russia and other non OPEC producers to join the cartel in capping output, in a bid to end a stubborn glut that has hammered prices.

In a bid to reverse a dramatic fall in income, Russia and 10 other non- OPEC states on Saturday said they will reduce their production by more than half a million barrels per day (bpd), the Organization of the Petroleum Countries announced.

The move marks the first time non- OPEC members have reached an agreement since 2001, and follows a similar agreement by OPEC last month.

OPEC members had agreed to collectively reduce output by 1.2 million bpd beginning in January.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January was up $2.28 at $53.78 while was up $2.29 at $56.62.

“OPEC and ’s signing of the production cut agreement over the weekend was clearly the catalyst, overlooking Saudi Arabia’s record high production in November,” said OANDA senior analyst Jeffrey Halley.

Saudi Arabia also announced at the weekend that it will slash production beyond what was previously agreed in Vienna by OPEC, providing an additional boost for prices.

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