By Sarah McFarlane and Jenny W. Hsu
Oil prices fell Thursday after the International Energy Agency reported record production from Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries members and subdued expectations for demand growth.
U.S. crude for December delivery recently fell 15 cents, or 0.3%, to $45.12 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent, the global benchmark, fell 1 cent, or 0.02%, to $46.35 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe.
The IEA's monthly report showed OPEC members pumped a record 33.83 million barrels a day in October, making the scale of the output cut needed to stabilize prices being discussedby the group's members later this month look increasingly challenging.
"The IEA didn't change its forecast in terms of global oil demand, so the growth outlook is fairly lackluster," said Harry Tchilinguirian, head of commodity strategy at BNP Paribas SA. "That means that the issue of excess supply that permeates markets currently is going to extend into next year."
OPEC is set to meet Nov. 30 to approve a plan to cap the group's production to between 32.5 to 33 million barrels a day.
However, skeptics say even if an agreement is achieved, enforcement of individual production quotas would be weak. Furthermore, with many key producers already pumping close to peak capacity, freezing output at these levels wouldn't help abate the overhang soon. Traders have been selling off in recent weeks as output surged despite the promises of a cut.
"The optimism continues to wane," said Donald Morton, senior vice president at HerbertJ. Sims & Co., who runs an energy-trading desk. "And the pessimism continues to expand. And the trading community sells all rallies aggressively."
A Trump presidency could lead to lower oil prices for longer given his strong support for fracking in the U.S. The president-elect has favored plans to lift restrictions on tapping energy reserves, approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and cancel billions in payment to the United Nations climate-change programs. The move will likely buoy crude production in the U.S., analysts said.
U.S. crude production is already on an uptrend as producers are eager to capture the rising prices. The Energy Information Administration this week raised the forecast on U.S. crude output, saying production would fall slower than expected, led by a ramp-up in drilling in west Texas.
The agency now expects U.S. oil output to average 8.84 million barrels a day this year and 8.73 million barrels a day next year,up from its earlier forecasts of 8.73 million in 2016 and 8.59 million in 2017.
That, combined with the output from international exporters has spread pessimism about the end of oversupply.
"With record October output from both Russia and OPEC, producers [are] already pushing back the calendar on when the global market might rebalance," said Tim Evans, a Citi Futures analyst.
Gasoline futures recently lost 0.3%, to $1.3538 a gallon. Diesel futures gained 0.1%, to $1.4431 a gallon.
--Timothy Puko contributed to this article.
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November 10, 2016 11:07 ET (16:07 GMT)
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