Halfway into an OPEC-led oil supply cut, Asia remains awash with fuel in a sign that the group’s efforts to rein in a global glut have so far had little effect.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other suppliers including Russia have pledged to cut production by almost 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) during the first half of this year to rein in oversupply and prop up prices.
Yet almost three months into the announced cuts, oil flows to Asia, the world’s biggest and fastest growing market, have risen to near record highs.
The Asian surplus will pressure global oil prices and weigh on the budgets of major oil producing nations but may also help spur growth in demand needed to soak up the excess.
Thomson Reuters Oil Research and Forecasts data shows around 714 million barrels of oil are being shipped to Asia this month, up 3 percent since December when the cuts were announced.
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Gold prices surged by Rs 120 to Rs 30,770 per 10 grams at the bullion market today, tracking a firm trend overseas amid fresh buying by jewellers at domestic spot market. Silver also reclaimed the crucial Rs 46,000 mark by recovering Rs 500 to Rs 46,200 per kg on increased off take by industrial units and coin makers. Traders said a firm trend overseas where it rebounded from a three-week low after the European Central Bank said it will consider adding stimulus as needed, boosting demand for the precious metal, mainly led to rise in gold prices.
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Gold prices drifted lower by Rs 51 to Rs 31,347 per 10 gram in futures trade today as participants lightened their positions, largely in tandem with a weak trend overseas. In futures trade, gold for delivery in October was trading Rs 51 or 0.16 percent down at Rs 31,347 per 10 gram on the Multi Commodity Exchange with a business turnover of 25 lots. The metal for delivery in August too fell by Rs 40 or 0.13 percent to Rs 30,965 per 10 gram in 656 lots.
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