Oil prices volatile after OPEC comments, now down 3 pct


Sept 01, 2015 (LBO) – Oil prices remained volatile in Asian trade on Tuesday plunging three percent after an eight percent rally earlier on reports that OPEC was willing to talk to other producers to achieve reasonable oil prices.

A downward revision of U.S. output data had propelled a sharp three-day rally.

Brent Crude was quoted at 52.70 dollars per barrel, down 2.6 percent, off a low of 42.69 dollars seen on August 24.

The oil market is still seen as over supplied and a decline in U.S. production is increasingly likely in 2016, Morgan Stanley said in a report.

EIA data on Monday showed U.S. domestic oil production hit a high of 9.6 million barrels per day in April before falling by more than 300,000 bpd over the next two months.

ANZ said in a market report that OPEC comments could be politicking given their recent strategy to capture market share.