Oil tumbles off 3-year highs after Trump takes a jab at OPEC

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  • Oil has been rallying this week, but slipped on Thursday following President Donald Trump’s criticism of OPEC.
  • Crude fell more than 1% by 8:00 a.m. ET, an hour after the tweet.
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Oil prices retreated from multi-year highs Friday after President Donald Trump took a swipe at OPEC in an early morning tweet.

“Looks like OPEC is at it again,” Trump tweeted just before 7:00 a.m. ET. “With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully loaded ships at sea, Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted!”

Brent, the international benchmark, sank more than 1% to $US72.79 per barrel around by 8:00 a.m. ET. West Texas Intermediate was also down, falling below $US68. Both had hit three-year highs earlier this week on the back of supply concerns.

Trump could be responding to reports that Saudi Arabia – OPEC’s biggest producer – is targeting a crude price of $US80 or $US100. That’s widely seen as a hint that OPEC will extend production caps after they expire in December.

Responding to Trump’s tweet, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told CNBC, “Markets should set prices.”

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