Oil prices declined on Friday, with U.S. crude down 3%, as investors and traders waited anxiously to see if the U.S. oil rig count will fall even more while OPEC members indicated they would do little to cut output. Declining share prices on Wall Street, which have given guidance to oil recently, also pressured crude futures, addition with reduced political turmoil in the Middle East from United States-Russia discussions on Syria. The dollar bounced to contain oil and additional commodities, following Thursday’s decision by the Fed to keep U.S interest rates unchanged pushed the currency to a 21 day low earlier.
This directed attention largely on oil services firm Baker Hughe’s weekly United States oil rigs report set at 1:00p.m EDT. U.S oil drillers have slashed rigs over the last two weeks, a signal that renewed price drops since July possibly be slowing some from returning to the well pad in large way. “With U.S. output shifts still very much under the microscope, today’s oil rig counts could be a key determinant as to how the complex finishes this week,” said Jim Ritterbusch, analyst at Ritterbusch & Associates. “We expect another decline but one downsized from recent double digit decreases,” he stated. U.S crude futures CLcl fell $1.20, or 2.6%, at $45.70 per barrel.
Next, OPEC member Kuwait stated it would take time for the oil markets to correct itself, representing the group would still defend market share regardless of production cuts to boost prices. Additional OPEC sources stated they project oil will increase a maximum $5 a barrel annually to reach $80 by the year 2020. Iran’s deputy oil minister repeated Iran’s plans to get back its oil production share once nuclear-related sanctions are gone against Tehran, enhancing that new oil contracts would be released in coming weeks. Russia was the only main producer to state on Friday it was probably going to cut production at below $40 a barrel.