Oil prices jumped more than three per cent in early Asian trade on Monday, as Opec+ considers cutting output by more than one million barrels a day for its biggest reduction since the pandemic, in a bid to support the market.

Brent crude futures rebounded $2.51, or 3pc, to $87.65 a barrel by 0206 GMT, after settling down 0.6pc on Friday. US West Texas Intermediate crude was also up 3pc, or $2.39, at $81.88 a barrel, after the previous session’s loss of 2.1pc.

Oil prices have tumbled for four straight months since June, as Covid-19 lockdowns in top energy consumer China hurt demand, while rising interest rates and a surging US dollar weighed on global financial markets.

To support prices, the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and their allies, a group known as Opec+, is considering an output cut of more than 1m bpd ahead of Wednesday’s meeting, Opec+ sources told Reuters.

If agreed, this will be the group’s second consecutive monthly cut after reducing output by 100,000 bpd last month.

However, Opec+ missed its production targets by nearly 3m bpd in July, two sources from the producer group said, as sanctions on some members and low investment by others stymied its ability to raise output.

“Anything less than 500,000 barrels a day would be shrugged off by the market. Therefore, we see a significant chance of a cut as large as 1m barrels a day,” ANZ analysts said in a note.

While prompt Brent prices could strengthen further in the immediate short term, concerns over a global recession are likely to limit the upside, consultancy FGE said.

“If Opec+ does decide to cut output in the near term, the resultant increase in Opec+ spare capacity will likely put more downward pressure on long-dated prices,” it said in a note on Friday.

Also on Friday, China issued its biggest quota for exports of oil products this year and topped up crude import quotas for independent refiners.

State and private refiners can export as much as 15m tonnes of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and low-sulphur fuel oil, adding much-needed supplies into global markets to replace Russian exports the European Union embargoed in February.

However, analysts and traders said some of China’s exports were likely to spill over into early 2023 as refiners will need time to ramp up.

Now you can follow Dawn Business on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook for insights on business, finance and tech from Pakistan and across the world.

Opinion

Editorial

Worsening hunger
Updated 08 Dec, 2022

Worsening hunger

THAT the dollar liquidity crunch has started hurting the import of essential items such as vegetables and raw...
Bannu beheading
Updated 08 Dec, 2022

Bannu beheading

The state must take up the cudgels and neutralise barbarism before it spreads.
Smog misery
08 Dec, 2022

Smog misery

IF 2022 has taught us anything, it is that generations of reckless disregard for Mother Nature has accrued very ...
Disquiet on the western front
Updated 07 Dec, 2022

Disquiet on the western front

IT is very difficult for Pakistan to be delinked from Afghanistan, because of reasons of geography and history.
Fuel from Russia
07 Dec, 2022

Fuel from Russia

THE apparent headway made with Russia for the purchase of its crude oil, petrol and diesel at discounted prices is a...
More women SHOs
07 Dec, 2022

More women SHOs

IT is encouraging to see more employment avenues opening up for women in Pakistan, with an increasing number of...