February 9, 2015

...AND CHEAPER...:

End of OPEC is closer to reality (Matt Egan, 2/09/15, Money)

"The end of OPEC" might be closer to reality now, according to Edward Morse, global head of commodities research at Citigroup.

The shale revolution "has created a sort of existential threat to Saudi Arabia and OPEC," he wrote in a report on Monday.

Founded in 1960, OPEC is led by some of the most influential oil-producing nations in the world, like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran and UAE.

But now, the United States is the largest producer of oil in the world and Canada has been ramping up output as well.

That means not only has OPEC lost its biggest customer (America), but it no longer has the ability to manipulate prices to its own advantage.

Morse is no obscure analyst. He correctly predicted that oil prices were in bubble territory back in 2008 when crude surged to nearly $150 a barrel and Goldman Sachs was predicting a "superspike" to $200.

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