Overnight comments from BoA Merrill Lynch on Saudi oil:

  • Saudi oil officials prefer oil market stability over volatility
  • Say that while volatility makes it difficult for high cost "unconventional producers" to operate, it is damaging for Saudi Arabia and its long-term planning

On cuts to production:

  • Unilateral crude oil production cuts are unlikely
  • But willing to cut oil production in "transparent and verifiable conjunction with major OPEC and non-OPEC oil exporters"

The bank analysts note:

  • There have been historically six cases of OPEC and non-OPEC production cut coordination, the last of which took place in 1998-1999