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SAUDI ARABIA INV THE SAUDI ARABIA INV FD : Oil rises above $68 after Saudi cuts supplies

11/04/2008 | 10:58am EST
The nozzle of a gas pump is shown in this illustration at a gas station in Bordeaux, southwestern France, April 27, 2008.

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil rose above $68 on Tuesday, after industry sources said Saudi Arabia had already made substantial cuts in crude supplies and helped the market recoup earlier losses.

By Joe Brock

Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, has reduced exports by around 900,000 barrels per day from a peak in August, one source estimated.

U.S. crude was up $4.49 at $68.40 a barrel by 10:54 a.m. EST. It had touched a session low earlier of $62.25. Oil suffered its biggest monthly drop ever in October.

London Brent crude was up $4.10 at $64.58 a barrel. Earlier Brent had touched a 20-month low of $58.38.

"The petroleum markets have rebounded from lower overnight levels on a trio of supportive factors: a weaker U.S. dollar, a push to the upside in global equity markets and market talk that Saudi Arabia may have already cut crude oil production," Tim Evans, analyst at Citi Futures Perspective, said in a research note.

Earlier, the market had fallen more than a dollar, pressured partly by expectations oil refiners would have to cut output because of weak demand for fuel.

All markets were awaiting the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

Saudi Arabia's supply cut helps to remove doubts about whether the world's top exporter would comply quickly with a 1.5 million barrel per day output cut agreed by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna last month.

Other OPEC members have also cut back.

The United Arab Emirates has reduced its production to around 2.3 million barrels per day (bpd) from around 2.5 million bpd, a top state oil company official said on Tuesday.

Algeria is reducing its oil output by 71,000 bpd in line with OPEC's supply cut decision, the Algerian official news agency APS said on Tuesday, quoting the country's Energy and Mining Ministry.

Qatar has cut exports to Asia by about 40,000 barrels per day (bpd) from this month, Energy Minister Abdullah al-Attiyah told Reuters.

Crude oil has plummeted from a record above $147 a barrel in July as the credit crisis in the global banking sector has started to hit the wider economy. This has already dampened fuel consumption in the United States, the world's top oil consumer, and other major consumer nations.

U.S. auto sales plunged 32 percent in October to lows unseen in a quarter century, while U.S. factory activity -- a barometer for future oil demand -- fell to its lowest in 26 years.

U.S. factory orders fell steeply for the second month in a row during September.

(Additional reporting by Jane Merriman)


© Reuters 2008
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