China's crude oil imports hit a record high on a daily basis in November, as refiners operated at high run rates to use up annual import quotas.
Iran's president presented a draft state budget of about $39 billion to parliament on Dec. 8, saying it was designed to resist U.S. sanctions by limiting dependence on oil exports.
Saudi with OPEC peers and allies led by Russia backed a plan that could see cuts of as much as 2.1 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d), Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said.
Oil producers led by Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed on Dec. 5 to cut output by an extra 500,000 barrels a day (bbl/d) for the final three months of their deal to curb supply but stopped short of pledging action beyond next March.
OPEC Ministers are meeting in Vienna to discuss extending or even deepening the current OPEC+ supply agreement, Stratas Advisors reported on Dec. 4.
OPEC meets on Dec. 5 in Vienna followed by a meeting with Russia and others, a grouping known as OPEC+, on Dec. 6.
For the week ahead, Stratas Advisors expect volatile prices in light of the OPEC+ meeting.
OPEC and its allies plan to deepen oil cuts and have the deal in place so it runs at least until June 2020 as Saudi Arabia wants to deliver a positive surprise to the market before the listing of Saudi Aramco, two sources familiar with the talks said.