“We take the news of a possible visit in March to Moscow by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud very seriously, as potentially marking the culmination of an extended, high-stakes diplomatic maneuvering between the Kingdom and Russia to reach terms on both an OPEC, non-OPEC oil output cut as well as the resumption of the Syria peace negotiations in Geneva. … On the oil front, there is still nothing more than a basic framework to an agreement for now, and the negotiating process is fraught with potential setbacks, for instance when it comes to the actual terms of market share, quotas, or production standstill agreements and the like; but we do believe as we first reported in January, there has been steady, even substantial movement towards an eventual agreement between the OPEC and non-OPEC oil-producing countries for a coordinated cut in crude oil output, probably sometime in March …
(FT 2/12/2016) -- Oil prices rose by more than $2 a barrel on Friday in volatile trading.
Brent, the global benchmark, increased $2.49 a barrel to $32.56 while West Texas Intermediate, the US marker, jumped $2.92 a barrel to $29.15 in afternoon trading.
Market chatter and comments from the UAE oil minister pointed toward potential collaboration on production cuts between Opec and non-Opec producers, which helped to buoy markets.