OPEC Deal Backfires: Saudis Lose Market Share To Iran, Iraq

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News Story Source: oilprice.com By Tsvetana Paraskova
The market share war is also going on a micro level within OPEC itself – a diverse group of producers, with each pushing and pursuing their own agenda in every meeting and collective decision. This time around it is no different.

Saudi Arabia, OPEC's biggest producer and de facto leader, is losing market share, while Iran and Iraq have so far emerged as winners of the cuts with in the cartel in a battle for market share, according to Christof Ruehl, former chief economist at BP who is currently Global Head of Research at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).

"If you're talking about winners, you can count Iran and Iraq," Ruehl said at a Dubai conference last week, as quoted by Bloomberg.

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