With oil prices back at $60 per barrel – their highest level since July 2015 – the Q3 results of IOCs have beaten expectations, and their Q4 results look likely to be even better.
North Sea Brent futures prices averaged $52.17/bbl in Q3 2017, 11% higher than in Q3 2016, while United States benchmark WTI futures averaged $48.20/bbl, 7.25% higher than a year earlier. Average prices in Q4 to date have been $5.65/bbl and $3.55/bbl higher for the Brent and WTI respectively.
The largest IOCs saw improved...
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