What determines if oil prices go up or down?

April 6, 2015 3:59 PM

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It appears as if oil prices could be on the verge of a rebound, with new data showing that the U.S. oil patch is hitting an inflection point. While specific shale regions – such as North Dakota's Bakken and Texas' Eagle Ford – have posted production declines, overall U.S. oil output managed to edge up in recent months.

But now that U.S. production has finally dipped, it may augur a new phase for oil markets in which production cutbacks could lead to higher prices. The Energy Information Administration reported on April 1 that total U.S. oil production fell for the week ending on March 27, falling 36,000 barrels pe...

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