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Oil prices dip in Asia, Russia-Saudi talks disappoint

12:02 PM | 5 Sep, 2016
Oil prices dip in Asia, Russia-Saudi talks disappoint
SINGAPORE (APP) - Oil prices slipped in Asia on Monday with traders disappointed by a lack of detail from Russia and Saudi Arabia on their plans to stabilise the crude market following talks at the weekend.

President Vladimir Putin met Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 in China on Sunday and said they would work to address a global glut and overproduction that has hammered prices for the past two years.

However, they provided no information on how they would proceed, just weeks before Moscow and crude cartel OPEC meet in Algeria to discuss the crisis.

At about 0320 GMT, the US benchmark West Texas Intermediate was down 0.74 percent, or 33 cents, at $44.11 while Brent fell 0.81 percent, or 38 cents, to $46.45.

Comments from Indonesian finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati on CNBC that she was "comfortable" with crude prices at $40-$45 a barrel, have also added pressure on prices. The only Asian member of OPEC, Indonesia exported $6.4 billion worth of petroleum in 2015.

The losses pared Friday s three percent gains, which came after Putin said Russia and other producing nations should freeze output to stabilise fluctuating prices. Russia and OPEC together produce half of the world s oil.

The previous attempt at reaching a deal in April were scuppered by OPEC member Iran s refusal to agree to any output freeze, and there are worries about the chances of an agreement can be reached in Algeria.

"At this stage, markets are probably just going to take the view that it needs to see some evidence, some tangible idea on what the agreement might actually amount to before responding to it," Ric Spooner, a chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney told Bloomberg News.

"We will get a lot of statements about it but probably nothing really concrete until we get to the stage of the Algiers meeting."

The oil market has been plagued by a stubborn supply glut that saw prices plunge to near 13-year lows below $30 at the start of 2016, and while it has recovered recently, it is still well off highs above $100 seen in mid-2014.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89

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