On Dec. 9, the EIA estimated that USA crude oil production could average 10.3 million barrels per day in 2018 - record levels for the United States and roughly 1 million barrels per day higher than estimated 2017 figures.
EIA research shows that US gasoline prices tend to follow the price of the best grades of oil in Europe, more than they follow the price of the best USA crude.
Some of Russia's counterparts in OPEC, namely Iran, had expressed concern that the rally would stimulate USA shale oil production, which has balanced the effort to narrow the gap between supply and demand over the previous year. Also, the dollar fell in a broad sell-off after a report that China was ready to slow or halt its US treasury purchases.
The greenback-denominated commodity has also benefited from weakness in the dollar, which neared a one-week low on Thursday, as it makes oil cheaper to buy for holders of other currencies.
OPEC crude oil production is forecast to increase by 0.2 MMBPD in 2018, partially reflecting the Energy Information Administration's expectation of Libya maintaining relatively high production levels achieved near the end of 2017, according to EIA's just-released Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO).
At this consumption level, a dollar increase in crude price on a permanent basis will increase the oil import bill by roughly Rs 10,000 crore per annum.
"On a fundamental basis, the first half of year is about 1.5 million barrels per day weaker from a demand perspective than the second half of the year", he told CNBC's " on Wednesday.
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