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OPEC has few escape routes from another bear market in oil

OPEC has few remaining tools left to boost prices, after investors seem unmoved by the decision to prolong supply cuts.

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Oil's back in a bear market and investors remain unmoved by last month's agreement to prolong supply cuts, leaving OPEC and its allies with few remaining tools to boost prices.

As Saudi Arabia, Russia and their allies reduce output, supply that’s beyond their control keeps rising. Libya and Nigeria -- OPEC members exempt from the curbs -- and U.S. shale producers are resurgent, undermining efforts to tame a global glut. Prices are back below where they were when the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries first struck its historic deal last year.

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