Oil prices slip in cautious trading

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    INGAPORE- Oil prices fell about 1 percent on Monday amid investor jitters ahead of an OPEC+ meeting to decide whether the producers’ group will extend large output cuts to balance global markets.

    January Brent crude futures, which will expire later on Monday, dropped 58 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $47.60 a barrel. The more actively traded February Brent contract was at $47.77 a barrel, down 48 cents.

    US West Texas Intermediate crude futures for January fell 40 cents, or 0.9 percent, to $45.13 a barrel.

    Both benchmarks are still set to rise more than 20 percent in November, the strongest monthly gains since May, boosted by hopes that three promising coronavirus vaccines that may curb the rapid spread of the disease and in doing so support fuel demand.

    Analysts and traders also expect the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies including Russia – the OPEC+ grouping – to delay next year’s planned increase in oil output as a second COVID-19 wave has cut into global demand for fuel.