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Oil prices hit five-year low in longest losing streak since 2008 financial crisis

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Source: Reuters

Oil prices fell over US US $2 a barrel to a five-year low in Asian trade on Monday, extending a steep sell-off after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided against cutting oil production last week, keeping markets well supplied.

Source: Reuters

Oil prices fell over US US $2 a barrel to a five-year low in Asian trade on Monday, extending a steep sell-off after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided against cutting oil production last week, keeping markets well supplied.

Both US crude and Brent have fallen for five straight months, oil’s longest losing streak since the 2008 financial crisis.

“Just when the market was thinking that a 4-year low for crude oil was bad enough, we have hit a 5-year low after the OPEC meeting,” Phillip Futures analysts said in a note.

US crude prices plunged to near US US $64, dragging Brent down below US US $70, after Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister told fellow OPEC members last week that they must combat the US  shale oil boom.

Brent prices hit a low of US $67.82 a barrel, the lowest since October 2009, and was down US $1.85 at US $68.30 a barrel by 10:17 am. US  crude was down US $1.61 at US $64.54 a barrel, after earlier slipping to an intraday low of US $64.10, the lowest since July 2009.

“They (OPEC) can get by at US $60 a barrel, but that price would knock out a fair whack of the competition – much US shale oil for example – as well as put investment in future capacity growth firmly on the back-burner,” ANZ analysts said in a note.
“They’re playing the long game, banking that others can’t.”

Oil-producing countries from Iraq to Nigeria are revising their 2015 budgets to reflect lower prices.

Iran refrained from protesting against OPEC’s decision to retain its production ceiling to maintain group solidarity, even though the move will not benefit all members, Iranian oil minister said in local media reports.

Slower than expected growth in China’s manufacturing sector may add further downward pressure on the prices of oil. China’s official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) slipped to 50.3 in November, a government study showed on Monday, lower than analysts’ forecasts of 50.6.

“It’s not too bad a miss, but probably won’t help (oil) too much,” Ric Spooner, chief analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney said.
“It’s best not to try to pick bottoms at this stage.”

Spooner said the next support levels for Brent prices are at US $68 and US $64 a barrel. If West Texas Intermediate crude futures fall below US $63.90 a barrel, the next support level would be at US $50, Spooner said.

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