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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Oil up on Saudi commitment to cut; U.S. output seen rising

Mon Jan 16, 2017 | 3:26 PM EST FILE PHOTO: A worker checks the valve of an oil pipe at the Lukoil company owned Imilorskoye oil field outside the Siberian city of Kogalym, Russia, January 25, 2016. Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo Oil up on Saudi commitment to cut; U.S. output... X By Ethan Lou | CALGARY, Alberta Oil prices settled up on Monday, as Saudi Arabia's commitments to reducing production offset a report forecasting U.S. output would again rise this year. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) to 32.5 million bpd from Jan. 1 in an attempt to clear a global oversupply that has depressed prices for more than two years. Russia and other key exporters outside OPEC have said they will also cut output. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday the country will adhere strictly to its output reduction commitment, expressing confidence that OPEC's plan to prop up prices would work. Benchmark Brent crude oil LCOc1 was up 41 cents a barrel, or 0.7 percent, at $55.86 and U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 rose 27 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $52.64 a barrel.

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