November 12, 2018: Oil prices advanced on Monday after crude kingpin Saudi Arabia announced plans to cut output in the face of global oversupplies and demanded that other producers followed suit.
Higher crude lifted shares across the commodities sector, helping London's FTSE 100 index featuring the likes of BP and Shell, to rise slightly overall.
In the Eurozone, the Frankfurt and Paris stock markets dropped, weighed down in part by lingering concerns over Italy's high debt and ahead of Tuesday's EU-deadline for Rome to revise its 2019 budget.
The euro struck a 17-month low at $1.1240 on Monday, hit also by Brexit clouds which weighed on the pound as well.
“Continued uncertainty over the pathway for Brexit is providing greater downside for sterling,” noted Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG trading group.
Saudi Arabia's energy minister on Monday called for a global output cut of one million barrels per day to re-balance the market, as Riyadh unveiled plans to trim its own production by 500,000 bpd from December.
Oil prices have shed about one fifth of their value over the past month on oversupplies and signs of a softer-than-expected impact from US sanctions on Iranian crude exports.
In trading on Monday, benchmark oil contract Brent North Sea crude gained almost a dollar.
“In the short term this (output cut) is a positive for oil, but we must question the impact longer term unless it's the sign of more to come from OPEC,” said Neil Wilson, chief market analyst at Markets.com.
“Saudi Arabia cannot act alone though — realistically it needs to pull together OPEC allies, and critically Russia, to curb production if it wants prices to hold. The language from Russia suggests it is not ready to follow the Saudis yet.”
Last week, higher US energy stockpiles drove WTI crude to its longest losing streak in more than 30 years, while Brent dropped below $70 a barrel for the first time since April.
Elsewhere on Monday, Shanghai stocks rebounded ahead of key Chinese economic releases due this week.
– Key figures around 1130 GMT –
Oil – Brent Crude: UP 88 cents at $71.06 per barrel
Oil – West Texas Intermediate: UP 29 cents at $60.47 per barrel
Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.1256 from $1.1351 at 2200 GMT Friday
Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2855 from $1.3022
Dollar/yen: UP at 113.92 yen from 113.76 yen
London – FTSE 100: UP 0.1 percent at 7,109.26 points
Frankfurt – DAX 30: DOWN 0.7 percent at 11,446.14
Paris – CAC 40: DOWN 0.1 percent at 5,099.57
EURO STOXX 50: DOWN 0.3 percent at 3,220.18
Tokyo – Nikkei 225: UP 0.1 percent at 22,269.88 (close)
Hong Kong – Hang Seng: UP 0.1 percent at 25,633.18 (close)
Shanghai – Composite: UP 1.2 percent at 2,630.52 (close)
New York – Dow: DOWN 0.8 percent at 25,989.30 (close)