Opinion: Houston’s ‘Mushy Bottom’

On September 28, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced it had reached a tentative deal to cap production between 32.5 and 33.0 million barrels per day. The agreement would remove 0.5 to 1.0 million barrels from the global market. Commodity traders reacted immediately to the news, boosting the spot price for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent by $2 per barrel that day. September closed with WTI at $48.24 and Brent at $49.24, nearly double their February lows.