|2019-12-25 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
中国石化新闻网讯 据世界石油网站12月23日消息 原油价格在上周五创下三周来最大跌幅后保持稳定，科威特希望与沙特阿拉伯达成协议，恢复边境地区的原油产量，美国页岩勘探商也推动了钻探。
吴恒磊 编译自 世界石油
Oil steadies after biggest loss in three weeks on supply outlook
Oil steadied after the biggest decline in three weeks on Friday as Kuwait aimed to reach a deal with Saudi Arabia that will restore crude output along their border, and U.S. shale explorers boosted drilling.
February futures held above $60 a barrel in New York after falling 1.2% on Friday, the steepest pullback since Nov. 29. The Kuwait-Saudi shared neutral zone, which has been shut for at least four years due to disputes between the two countries, can produce as much as 500,000 barrels a day. U.S. explorers last week increased drilling by the most in almost two years, according to data from Baker Hughes Co., boosting the supply outlook.
Oil is having one of its best months of the year, and as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies agreed to deepen output cuts in the face of growing supplies from their rivals. Hedge funds increased bullish bets in the week ended Dec. 17 to the highest level in more than seven months, according to data released Friday. Still, there are concerns crude’s rise may be overdone.
“Prices increased a bit too far in the fourth quarter, and I’m keeping a negative price outlook for the first half of 2020,” said Giovanni Staunovo, an analyst at UBS Group AG in Zurich. “It’s surprising that market participants remain unconcerned about what looks to be another strong year of non-OPEC supply ahead.”
West Texas Intermediate for February delivery fell 21 cents to $60.23 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 10:19 a.m. London time. The contract declined 74 cents to settle at $60.44 on Friday.
Brent for February settlement fell 12 cents to $66.02 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe Exchange, after losing 40 cents to close at $66.14 on Friday. The global benchmark crude traded at a $5.79 premium to WTI.