Oil Spikes, Limiting Week of Historic Turmoil Over COVID-19

Oil prices spiked Friday, adding to gains from earlier sessions after producers akin to Kuwait stated they’d move to cut production, and the U.S. accredited another package to cope with the turmoil attributable to the coronavirus outbreak.

Oil Spikes, Limiting Week of Historic Turmoil Over COVID-19

Brent crude was up 1.1% at $21.57, after rising over $1 earlier and leaping 5% on Thursday. U.S. oil was up 2.3%, at $16.88/barrel, having spiked 20% in the earlier session.

Barring a sharp leap later in the session, although prices are heading for their eighth weekly loss in the last nine, capping one of the tumultuous weeks in the historical past of oil trading. Brent is going for a more than 20% loss this week, with U.S. West Texas Intermediate set for a fall of around 8%.

The positive factors in recent days “in no way mitigate the dimensions of the week’s sell-offs or the supply/demand imbalance around the world that has brought us thus far,” stated Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA.

Under a contract agreed between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Counties (OPEC) and related producers along with Russia, a grouping often known as OPEC+, production cuts of 9.7 million barrels/day bare resulting from a kick in from May.

However, Kuwait stated  Thursday the OPEC producer will start reducing supplies to international markets without waiting for the official beginning of the contract.