MTECHTIPS;-Oil prices steady after OPEC extension of production cut

MTECHTIPS;-Oil prices steady after OPEC extension of production cut

MTECHTIPS-U.S. oil held steady on Friday after OPEC and other major producers agreed to extend production curbs in a widely expected move aimed at ending a persistent glut in global supplies. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporters (OPEC) and non-OPEC producers led by Russia on Thursday agreed to maintain the output cut until the end of 2018, while also signaling a possible early exit from the deal if the market overheats. U.S. crude futures were down 2 cents at $57.38 by 0120 GMT. On Thursday they rose 10 cents or 0.2 percent to $57.40 a barrel. The contract gained about 5.6 percent in November, the third month of gains. Brent February crude futures rose six cents to $62.69. In the previous session, the most active Brent contract settled up 46 cents or 0.7 percent. Brent rose for a third consecutive month in November, gaining about 3.6 percent. Analysts said the nine-month extension was already priced in. The current deal cuts 1.8 million barrels from the market in an attempt to tackle the oversupply and bolster prices. Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih said it was premature to talk about exiting the cuts at least for a couple of quarters as the world was entering a season of low winter demand. He added OPEC would examine progress at its next regular meeting in June
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