Crude Oil Prices Crash 5% As Doha Summit Remains Deadlocked On Output Freeze

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Crude oil prices crashed nearly 5 per cent, with Brent Crude falling to $41 per barrel.

U.S. crude futures also were down sharply by more than 4 per cent at $38.60 a barrel, after falling near 6 per cent percent in early morning trade.

Crude Oil Prices Crash 5% As Doha Summit Remains Deadlocked On Output Freeze
The meeting in Doha on Sunday failed to agree on an a crude output freeze, which was very necessary to boost oil prices. However, Iran did not attend the summit and has remained reluctant to cut production, as the country has just entered the oil market, after sanctions were lifted on the country only recently.

Saudi Arabia, another big oil producer stuck to its ground, that it would not cut production unless others do.

Japanese Energy stocks tumbled and in India it is likely that major crude oil E&P companies would see their stocks lower. ONGC and Oil India are expected to see their share prices falling.

However, a drop in crude prices tends to benefit oil marketing companies in India, which may see their shares rally. Shares like BPCL and HPCL are expected to open sharply lower.

A fall in crude prices has led to a drop in the Asian indices, with the Japanese Nikkei the Shanghai Composite and the Hong Kong's Hang Sang all down in trade.

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Story first published: Monday, April 18, 2016, 9:09 [IST]
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