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Oil prices hiked up 5% as OPEC+ rolls over output for April

On Thursday, Oil rallied around 5 percent, hitting its highest in over a year according to reports.

This is after OPEC+ and its allies agreed to keep production unchanged into April.

Moreover, the reasoning is that the demand recovery from the coronavirus pandemic was still fragile.

Brent crude surged $2.67 or 4.2%, to settle at $66.74 a barrel, after rising to $67.75, its highest since January 2020.

Moreover, U.S. crude futures closed at $2.55, or 4.2%, higher at $63.83, reaching a January 2020 peak, at $64.86.

However, OPEC+ is an alliance of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other major producers.

Further, market experts had predicted OPEC to increase output by about 500,000 bpd.

The group’s leader Saudi Arabia is set to extend its voluntary oil output cut of 1 million barrels per day.

In fact, analysts and traders claimed a four-month price hike from below $40 a barrel, is not at par with demand.

Also, physical sales will not match supply till the end of 2021.

Meanwhile, Russia successfully raised output by 130,000 bpd in April and Kazakhstan by another 20,000 bpd.

Currently, the biggest winner of an OPEC+ rollover is the U.S.

This enables U.S. to comfortably increase production, even from costly break-even projects.

Moving forward, Gasoline stocks declined by the most in 30 years, in the U.S. This is despite a rise of over 21 million barrels in crude oil stockpiles last week.

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