Global oil prices plunge as KSA begins price war with Russia

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On Monday, global oil prices decreased over 30 percent after one of the main exporters Saudi Arabia launched a price war in reaction to a failure by leading producers to strike a deal to support energy markets.

KSA is trying to punish Russia for balking on Friday at production cuts proposed by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).


Brent crude futures drop by to the extent $14.25, or 31.5%, to $31.02 a barrel. So it was the major percentage fall since January 17, 1991, at the beginning of the first Gulf War and the lowest since February 12, 2016. It was trading at $35.75 at 0114 GMT.

US West Texas Intermediate crude fell by as much as $11.28, or 27.4%, to $30 a barrel. That was also the biggest percentage drop since the first Gulf War in January 1991 and the lowest since February 22, 2016. It was trading at $32.61.

Kingdom has started a war after cutting its real selling price for April for all crude grades to all places between 6$ to 8$ a barrel. OPEC and other oil producers supported cuts to balance out falling costs brought about by the monetary aftermath from the Coronavirus episode.

Saudi Arabia, Russia, and other significant makers last combat for market share like this somewhere in the range of 2014 and 2016 to attempt to crush out production from the United States, presently the world’s greatest oil maker as streams from shale oil fields multiplied the nation’s yield during the most recent decade.

China’s endeavors to shorten the Coronavirus episode has disturbed the world’s second-biggest economy and abridged shipments to the biggest oil merchant.

The spread to other significant economies, for example, Italy and South Korea and the prospering cases in the United States have expanded the worries that oil demand will drop this year.

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