Trump says Opec producers must bring prices down


In his latest attack, Trump slammed OPEC as a "monopoly". In a bid to mop up excess supply, OPEC teamed up with Russian Federation two years ago to cut production. "OPEC is a pre-packaged election season bogey for all politicians, let alone the Master Tweeter", they added.

"The last thing that he is going to want to have happen is diesel prices and oil prices hitting highs when people are going to the voting booth", Zahir said.

US sanctions on Iran's oil exports come into force on November 4. Venezuela's cratering economy and Libya's tenuous security also present supply risks to the market.

The focus on oil supply has been reflected in the options market this week, where investors have scooped up large amounts of buy or call options, suggesting they see prices rising.

"The reality is the market is tight because Iranian sanctions are forcing countries to find alternatives", said Ben Cook, portfolio manager at BP Capital Fund Advisors.

Global benchmark Brent has been trading just below $80 a barrel, near its highest level in nearly four years, on expectations that USA sanctions against Iran, OPEC's third biggest producer, will reduce global supply.

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The rise in crude oil prices this quarter could contribute to increases in cash from operations and capital expenditures, said the EIA in its review, which included Big Oil, Rosneft, and Sinopec, and many smaller companies and US companies focused on shale production.

Saudi officials believe there is insufficient oil demand so far to justify raising Saudi output much beyond the roughly 400,000 bpd that it has pumped above its 10 million bpd target, OPEC and industry sources told Reuters. In the last two weeks, he has also met Novak and his USA counterpart Rick Perry.

By beating Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, the United States of America this year has become the topmost crude oil producer. "Saudi Arabia now faces a dilemma", Fritsch said.

The Republican president has lashed out at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries over the past several months, demanding price cuts and output increases in targeted tweets. "The simpler and achievable goal is to avoid disastrous price spikes, which they can do by coordinating with other producers".

In fact, just last week Trump's own Energy Department announced that the United States surpassed Russian Federation and OPEC leader Saudi Arabia in oil production. Many buyers have already cut Iranian purchases ahead of the new regulations.