OPEC Deal Hangs in the Balance; Chinese Steel Futures Surge

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The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries was trying this morning to rescue a deal to limit oil output as tensions grew among the producer group and non-OPEC member Russia, with top exporter Saudi Arabia saying markets would rebalance even without an agreement.

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OPEC experts started a meeting in Vienna at 0900 GMT and were due to make recommendations to their ministers on how exactly the organization and its member-states should reduce production when it meets on Nov. 30.

Meanwhile, the Algerian and Venezuelan oil ministers were to travel to Moscow on Monday and Tuesday in a final attempt to persuade Russia to take part in cuts instead of merely freezing output, which has reached new highs in the past year.

Steel Futures Surge on Upbeat Chinese Demand

Chinese steel futures jumped over 6% to the highest in 31 months on Monday, as investors raised bets that strong property and infrastructure investment will sustain demand in the world’s top consumer, spurring a similar rally in iron ore and zinc.

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The red-hot rally in steel is bound to push iron ore above $80 a metric ton for the first time since October 2014, having already lifted zinc to a nine-year high.

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