Business is so tough for oilfield giants Schlumberger NV and Halliburton Co that they have come up with a new sales pitch for crude producers halting work in the worst downturn in years. It amounts to this: "frack now and pay later."
Crude oil prices moved higher after the EU upped its growth forecast the day after the Saudi Foreign Minister Abdel Jubeir said the Saudi led coalition would consider ending airstrikes in Yemen for humanitarian reasons.
OPEC’s decision to refrain from action had an immediate effect on crude oil prices. Prices sunk as it became clear Saudi Arabia is more concerned with losing markets share than the pressure low prices are putting on its cartel partners.
OPEC in its own “World Oil Outlook” reported that the demand for its oil in 2017 may hit only 28.2 million barrels per day, the lowest level since the year 2000 a time before the China economic explosion