04 December 2015 – US crude prices extended gains on Friday, buoyed by a weaker dollar, ahead a closely watched Opec meeting that is unlikely to alter the group’s policy of maintaining high output.
US crude was trading up 21 cents at $41.29 per barrel early on Friday, after settling up nearly 3% on Thursday.
Crude prices have been choppy ahead of an Opec policy meeting in Vienna on Friday.
Opec will maintain output without changing the current ceiling of 30 million barrels per day, sources told Reuters.
The sources said there was little chance of Saudi Arabia making a formal proposal for Opec output cuts, contingent on co-operation from non-Opec, as reported by Energy Intelligence.
“News yesterday that Saudi Arabia lowered their offer prices into the United States supports the view that Saudi Arabia has no intention of cutting output and relinquishing any market share,” ANZ bank said on Friday.
Saudi Aramco also cut the January Arab Light official selling price to Asia by 10 cents a barrel versus December to a discount of $1.40 a barrel to the Oman/Dubai average.
A weak dollar lifted oil markets as it made greenback-dominated contracts such as crude futures more affordable for holders of other currencies.
The dollar index posted its steepest one-day decline in more than six years on Thursday as the euro rallied on the latest round of policy easing by the European Central Bank.
US non-farm payrolls data, which will help indicate the timing of a possible US rate hike, is due Friday.
A 4% rise in heating oil prices, which have been depressed in recent days due to warmer-than-expected weather in the North Eastern United States, also contributed to the climb in US crude prices.