Gulf stock markets plunged in early trade on Tuesday after oil resumed its slide on bearish comments about Opec and weak Chinese manufacturing data.
Brent crude prices fell below $60 a barrel for the first time since July 2009 as
There was no need for an emergency Opec meeting despite the drop in oil prices, UAE Oil Minister Suhail Bin Mohammed Al-Mazroui said, reinforcing the idea that major Gulf producers are ready to wait out lower prices.
Oil prices bounced back more than a dollar on Monday, after hitting 5-1/2-year lows of $60.28 earlier in the session, as traders began pricing in expectations of improving manufacturing data to be published later this week.
Oil producers group Opec can ride out a slump in oil prices and keep output unchanged, its head said on Sunday, arguing market weakness did not reflect supply and demand fundamentals and could have been driven by speculators.
The head of Opec said the group had no target price for oil, signalling no change to a policy to maintain production levels which has contributed to sharp falls in the price of crude, unnerving global markets.
Qatar predicted its economy would grow 7.7 per cent next year, signalling the world's top exporter of liquefied natural gas expects very little disruption to its finances from the oil price plunge which is worrying many energy exporters.
Iraqi state oil marketer Somo issued a rare statement denying there is a price war within the Opec exporter group, saying recent reductions to its official selling prices (OSPs) were influenced only by the market.
The statement, w
Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al Naimi shrugged off suggestions that the world's biggest crude exporter might cut production to reverse the deepest price slump in years, saying the kingdom's output had remained