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For OPEC, a Production Cut Aims to Head off Further Price Drops

Sep 30, 2016 | 09:01 GMT
OPEC members at the International Energy Forum in Algiers agreed in principle to a reduction in oil production, but many facets of the deal remain unresolved.
OPEC members at the International Energy Forum in Algiers agreed in principle to a reduction in oil production, but many facets of the deal remain unresolved.
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OPEC has finally reached a tentative deal to cut crude oil production, but it does not mean much yet. OPEC members settled on the outline of an agreement Sept. 28 on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum in Algiers. Terms include cutting crude oil production from roughly 33.24 million barrels per day to between 32.5 million and 33 million bpd. The cut is marginal, but if enacted, it would be the first for the group since the height of the global financial crisis in 2008. It would also mark the cartel's first coordinated response since oil prices began tumbling in June 2014....

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