Oil rises to $66 forward of OPEC+ assembly, India weighs


By Alex Lawler

LONDON (Reuters) -Oil rose to about $66 a barrel on Tuesday earlier than a gathering of the producer group OPEC+ to debate oil output coverage amid concern India’s coronavirus disaster might dent a restoration in gasoline demand.

OPEC and allies maintain a monitoring assembly on Tuesday as an alternative of Wednesday as had been deliberate. A technical assembly on Monday had voiced concern about surging COVID-19 circumstances however saved its 2021 oil demand forecast unchanged.

Brent crude was up 36 cents, or 0.6%, at $66.01 a barrel by 1210 GMT, after dropping 0.7% on Monday. U.S. oil gained 40 cents, or 0.7%, to $62.31.

“Merchants don’t wish to miss out on a possible bullish OPEC+ assembly so a restricted optimism is mirrored in costs,” stated Bjornar Tonhaugen of Rystad Power. “Ought to OPEC+ flip a blind eye to India although, the beneficial properties might shortly evaporate.”

The group often called OPEC+ is about to barely ease oil output cuts from Could 1 underneath a plan agreed earlier than the coronavirus surge in India, the world’s third-largest crude importer which has recorded a day by day rise of greater than 300,000 circumstances for a number of days. It has additionally reported a complete of just about 200,000 deaths.

Others anticipate OPEC+ to stay to its easing coverage.

“We nonetheless anticipate that the group will announce no adjustments to its plan,” ING Economics analysts stated in a notice.

In one other improvement that would ultimately add provide to the market, talks in Vienna aimed toward reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear accord have been set to renew on Tuesday.

Report OPEC+ provide cuts final yr have helped drive a restoration in costs from historic lows. Many of the curbs are nonetheless in place.

Additionally in focus this week would be the newest U.S. oil stock experiences, which analysts anticipate will present an increase in crude shares. The primary report, from the American Petroleum Institute, is out at 2030 GMT. [EIA/S]

(Extra reporting by Aaron Sheldrick; Modifying by Jason Neely, Edmund Blair and Louise Heavens)

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