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Crude Oil Futures Plummet on Monday as Doubts Persist on Viability of OPEC’s Proposal to Cut Output

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Oil futures collapsed on Monday after OPEC’s weekend meeting of major oil producers failed to gain acceptance of the cartel’s proposed production curtailment, according to Bloomberg MarketWatch.

December West Texas Intermediate crude plunged $1.84, or 3.8%, to settle at $46.86 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

December Brent crude, the global benchmark, dropped $1.41, or 2.8%, to end trading at $48.30 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures Exchange. Monday’s settlements were the lowest close for both grades since September 27.

With the official OPEC meeting only a month away, many market watchers openly cast doubt whether the cartel can organize consensus on cutting production in time.

In a meeting in Vienna over the weekend, non-OPEC members Azerbaijan, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Oman and Russia all refused to commit to cut or even freeze production until there was agreement among OPEC members. Within OPEC, Iraq and Iran continue to insist on exemptions from output cuts.

Meanwhile, December natural gas fell 7.9 cents, or 2.5%, to settle at $3.026 per million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange.