Saudi price cuts

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This should keep a lid on crude prices, as Saudis decide to set lower prices:

Saudi Arabia cuts oil prices for US, Europe for May

by Timothy Coulter and Diana ben-Aaron

Apr 6 (Tehran Times) — Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest state-owned oil company, cut its official selling prices for all grades for customers in the U.S., Northwestern and Mediterranean Europe.

Saudi Arabia slashed the U.S. price of its Arab Heavy Crude the most, cutting it by $5.50 a barrel to $4.85 below the price of the West Texas Intermediate grade made in the U.S., the state oil company said in a faxed statement today. That wiped out its April price premium of 65 cents more than WTI, the first time Saudi heavy oil traded for more than the U.S. benchmark in at least 10 years.

Saudi Arab Light Crude was reduced by $4.15 a barrel in the U.S. and will sell for $2.25 less than WTI, Saudi Aramco said. Its April price was $1.90 more than WTI.

In Northwest Europe, Saudi light crude will be priced at $4.05 less than the IPE benchmark, a cut of $1.60 from a $2.45 discount last month, according to the statement. Heavy crude from Saudi Arabia for Europe declined $2.10, putting it $5.80 below the IPE equivalent.

Mediterranean, Asian Prices

Oil for Mediterranean destinations also cheapened, with Saudi light oil declining 90 cents to $3.05 below the IPE benchmark, and heavy oil falling $1.75 to $5.55 below the Brent weighted average equivalent as listed on IPE.

Saudi Arabia increased Asian prices for light grades. Saudi Arab Light Crude will sell in Asia for 80 cents more than crude from Dubai and Oman, a reduction of 10 cents from the 90 cent- per-barrel premium last month. The Saudi heavy crude price was cut $1.20 to fall $1.85 below Dubai/Oman crude.