The Saudis continue to set price and let quantity adjust, and output levels are ‘comfortable’ with substantial room to go higher or lower to support their target price. If they do leave it ‘in the 70-80 range’ there should be no inflation in the US and most other nations. The US has never had a serious ‘inflation problem’ that wasn’t oil driven.
By Ayesha Daya and Grant Smith
March 16 (Bloomberg) — Saudi Arabia, the biggest and most influential member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, said oil prices are in the right range and there’s no need to change production policy.
“We are extremely happy with the market, the economy is doing well, it will do better down the road, so I don’t see any reason to disturb this happy situation,” Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi said late yesterday in Vienna, where OPEC meets tomorrow. “The price has stayed very well in the range of $70 to $80. It is in a very happy situation.”