Iraq's Kurdistan has agreed on new deals to borrow $3 billion from trading houses and Russian state oil firm Rosneft that will be guaranteed by future oil sales to strengthen its fiscal position as the semi-autonomous region fights Islamic State.
WTI Crude staged a savage rebound during trading on Wednesday with prices clipping $49 following the shocking OPEC production cut deal which eased some concerns over the excessive oversupply in the markets.
Oil prices jumped more than 8 % on Wednesday to a five-week high as some of the world's largest oil producers agreed to curb oil output for the first time since 2008 in a last-ditch bid to support prices.
Iran and Iraq are resisting pressure from Saudi Arabia to curtail oil production, making it hard for the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to reach a global output-limiting deal when it meets on Wednesday.
OPEC has a "technical deal" that could be solidified at a technical meeting this week in Vienna. All the major players are saying they are optimistic that a deal will be reached barring any last-minute blow ups. Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq and Iran all say that a production deal is within reach and it is possible that even the skeptics are starting to believe it.
Can the deal to cut production come back from the dead and, also, is Donald Trump’s campaign back from the dead? OPEC failed to deliver an agreement to cut production in Vienna but vowed to keep talking. This comes against a backdrop of the shocking re-opening of the FBI investigation of the democratic nominee Hillary Clinton...