Crude Oil Extends Gains as Russia Stokes Output Deal Hopes

Crude oil prices continued to push upward after Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said his country would be open to talks about a joint output freeze with OPEC and non-OPEC producers. The comments were made in an interview with Saudi Arabian newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat and bolster hopes of a deal to boost prices that have buoyed the WTI contract since last week.

The article first appeared on Oil-Trading.CO at

On balance, the emergence of a supply-side deal seems unlikely considering the key parties to any such arrangement – Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia – are currently on opposing sides of at least two active military conflicts (principally in Syria). Indeed, similar-sounding efforts have foundered recently. A lull in headline-grabbing news flow may offer space for skeptici
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