6 Jul, 2021

Oil prices shaky amid OPEC indecision

OPEC hasn’t agreed to increase production which is keeping the price of oil elevated.

Crude prices have advanced almost 60% this year, a surge powered by a revival in consumption of fossil fuels as vaccines roll out and major economies unlock. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, led by Russia, have continued to hold millions of barrels a day in the ground each day, limiting supplies.

Investors have also played a role in pumping up prices, snapping up futures and options contracts to bet they will keep marching higher.

Drivers are feeling the pinch at the pump. Heading into the July 4 weekend, Americans faced the steepest gasoline prices in nearly seven years at a national average of over $3 a gallon.

Wall Street Journal
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