With all the talk and rumors over the last month, we expected to see OPEC cut oil production by 1 million barrels per day. However, according to Reuters, Friday's announcement of the deeper than expected cut of 1.2 million barrels seemed to send an intended message to buyers on the oil market: if the price of oil does not stabilize, OPEC would be open to even deeper cuts.
This'll teach me to stare at news feeds all morning. At 7:39 AM EDT, the Dow Jones Newswire reported that the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to cut oil production by 1 million barrels per day (about 3 percent). As a result, early electronic trading saw the price of crude oil futures rise back up above $60 per barrel before the New York Mercantile Exchange rang its opening bell. At the time of this writing, it was at a $1.45 increase.