Oil prices steadied around $61 a barrel on Tuesday as rising expectations of deeper output cuts from OPEC and its allies were countered by a potential delay to a U.S.-China trade agreement until after the next U.S. presidential election.
Brent futures rose 4 cents to $60.96 a barrel by 11:16 GMT while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 8 cents at $56.04.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, known as OPEC+, are discussing a plan to increase an existing supply cut of 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) by a further 400,000 bpd and extend the pact until June, two sources familiar with the matter said.
Saudi Arabia is pushing the plan to deliver a positive surprise to the market before the initial public offering of state-owned Saudi Aramco, the sources said.
Source : Reuters