MTECHTIPS;- Oil Prices Surge As Saudi Arabia Seeks Oil As High

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MTECHTIPS;- Oil Prices Surge As Saudi Arabia Seeks Oil As High As $100

MTECHTIPS-Oil prices rose on Thursday morning in Asia, hitting heights not seen since late 2014. The surge came on a Reuters report that new price hawk Saudi Arabia would be happy for crude to rise to $80 or even $100, a sign Riyadh will seek no changes to a supply-cut deal even though the agreement’s original target is within sight. Crude Oil WTI Futures for May delivery were trading at $68.73 a barrel in Asia at 11:00 PM ET (03:00 GMT), up 0.38%. Brent Oil Futures for June delivery, traded in London, were up 0.41% at $73.78 per barrel. Meanwhile, Shanghai Crude Oil WTI Futures for September delivery were up 3.36% at 439.70 yuan ($70.02) per barrel at 11:00 PM ET (03:00 GMT) on Thursday. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and several other oil producers have been cutting output since January 2017 in an attempt to reduce the global oversupply and prop up prices. They have extended the pact until the end of 2018 and will meet in June to review policy. OPEC is closing in on the original target of the pact – reducing industrialized nations’ oil inventories to their five-year average. However, there is no indication yet that Saudi Arabia or its allies want the supply cut to end