OPEC shock announcement to kick off the week

The big surprise at the start of this week was the leap in oil prices after OPEC+ announced a cut in oil production. At one point today oil was up more than 8% from Friday. There was a similar gain over the previous week and not surprisingly the best performing sector last week was Energy. James Bullard, President of Fed Bank of St. Louis said that an increase in the price of oil might make the job of lowering inflation more challenging. Clearly the odds of another Fed rate hike at the next meeting just increased.

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