OPEC and its partners, which together account for around half of global output, met against the backdrop of a glut in the market which had led to oil prices falling by more than 30 percent in two months.
But after hours of talks, Iran gave OPEC the green light and Russian Federation said it was ready to cut more.
Physical markets were taken aback by the USA granting waivers on the Iran sanctions to the eight largest importers of Tehran's crude. Russia, on the other hand, has a more diversified economy, and can live with oil at $40 per barrel. In Trump's world everybody was happy until warning alarms started to wail. "OPEC has given the oil market a rudder that appeared largely absent".
After stressing that his country opposes reducing its oil production due to United States sanctions, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh complained that it was the first time a USA president was trying to tell OPEC what to do.
"The last six months we have demonstrated that we are not just in the business of cutting, we are also in the business of releasing supplies when needed", said Al-Falih.
The recent decision to trim production could go toward salvaging the embattled oil market at least to some extent.
Seaborne crude oil exports from OPEC countries, tracked daily by CargoMetrics, saw a relatively broad decline, with nine of the 15 OPEC member countries registering a week-on-week drop in oil tanker loadings.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he wanted to "sanction the hell out of" the Saudi government.
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As much as Trump's decision calmed the market it shocked the Kingdom to the core.
Nigeria, which benefitted from similar exemption between January 2017 and July 2018, would be expected to further cut its current low 1.73 million barrels per day.
Gains could be capped by concerns over a slowing global economy, worries over a potential escalation in the U.S.
Trump insists he will stick by Riyadh despite the outrage but he has been also ramping up the pressure for more oil.
The sixth OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial conference is scheduled for Vienna, Austria, in April 2019. In the past, it was been surging US production numbers. First and foremost it proves the importance of OPEC+ when it comes to the overall aim of balancing the markets. Maybe without this seemingly simple act, the Friday's OPEC+ meeting would have had a complete different result. This helped push output to new record highs in October and November.
However, during the meeting, the deal was hung in the balance for two days. So they agreed to collaborate with the cartel in any possible way.
With all this drama going on around, Iran was the one who finally caught the bouquet, according to the latest reports from Vienna, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh announced that the country has been exempted from any cuts.
Though al-Falih insisted that "we don't need permission from anyone to cut" production, the figure of a million barrels put forward by Saudi Arabia was lower than the reduction expected by the markets. The cartel didn't specify the output cut by nonmember allies, which include Russian Federation, but news reports peggedthe nonmember cuts at 400,000 barrels a day, to bring the total reduction to 1.2 million barrels a day.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is among the world's most powerful cartels.