MTECHTIPS;-Crude Oil Prices Turn Lower on U.S. Drilling Activity

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MTECHTIPS;-Crude Oil Prices Turn Lower on U.S. Drilling Activity

MTECHTIPS- Crude oil turned lower on Monday, pulling away from two-week highs as news of a rise in U.S. drilling added to concerns over output level and overshadowed upbeat global demand projections. The U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude April contract was down 32 cents or about 0.51% at $62.09 a barrel by 04:40 a.m. ET (08:40 GMT), after hitting a two-week peak of $62.54 on Friday. Elsewhere, Brent oil for May delivery on the ICE Futures Exchange in London slid 36 cents or about 0.54% to $65.86 a barrel, off Friday’s two-week highs of $66.42. Oil prices came under pressure after Baker Hughes energy services firm said on Friday that the number of active U.S. oil rigs increased by four in the week to March 16, bringing the total count to 800. High drilling activity has pushed U.S. crude oil production to rise to 10.38 million barrels per day (bpd), outpacing top exporter Saudi Arabia. Adding to concerns, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia forecast last week that non-OPEC supply will hit around 1.60 million bpd in 2018, compared to 1.40 million bpd prior. However, OPEC added that its efforts to cut supply continued to contribute to re balancing the market

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