Oil rises ahead of US Iran sanctions; outlook less certain

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USA sanctions will target Iran's crude oil exports from November 4, and Washington has been putting pressure on governments and companies worldwide to cut their imports to zero.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported the details of a private and "secret" deal reached between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, a deal that was aimed at increasing oil output in order to offset the coming shock to oil prices that will follow us efforts to starve Iran of its oil revenues.

"Our Indian friends have always been categorical in terms of their intention to continue economic cooperation and (the) import of oil from Iran". "The rate of reduction will slow thereafter, as sanctions-averse buyers will be out of the market by November 5", Sheldon said. Since April this year the exports have been falling. The US's latest moves were triggered by the ICJ's ruling on October 3 that the former must ensure that its sanctions on Iran did not affect the West Asian nation's humanitarian aid or civil aviation safety, CNBC reported.

Oil refiners such as state-owned International Olympic Committee and MRPL could use UCO BankNSE -1.76 % or IDBI BankNSE 0.79 % to route oil payments to Iran, sources said.

Russia's involvement in the deal may seem surprising given that Russia publicly vowed in August to do "everything necessary" to protect its shared economic interests with Tehran - including the estimated $50 billion in Russian investments in Iran's oil sector that Russia has said will continue despite US plans to sanction the Iranian oil and gas sectors beginning on November 4.

Saudi Arabia's ARAMCO has said it will make up for market demands for crude in Iran's place.

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India, which has become a key Asian destination for United States crude this year, has been one of the top two buyers of Iranian crude. Last month, the group appeared to rebuff his calls for a rapid production increase to offset the drop in Iranian shipments, prompting a surge in prices and even harsher rhetoric. Brent crude had risen from below $82 a barrel in the beginning of the week.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump has been pushing OPEC to prevent supply shortages. USA retail gasoline prices topped $3/gal in 13 states as of Friday, with the national average of $2.91/gal sitting just below the peak summer price in May.

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In mid-September, Russia's Urals was trading around multi-year highs relative to Dated Brent in both Northwest Europe and the Mediterranean.

"Iran has been off-and-on taking rupee payments for oil it sells".

Other Iranian tankers laden with crude have stayed put offshore, likely being used as floating storage. This compares with 15 million-17 million barrels about three weeks ago before some takers turned off their transponders.

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