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OPEC Agrees to First Oil Output Cut in Eight Years

OPEC agreed to cut production for the first time in eight years, according to a delegate briefed on the matter, sending oil prices more than 6 percent higher as Saudi Arabia and Iran wrong-footed traders who expected a continuation of the pump-at-will policy the group adopted in 2014.

In two days of round-the-clock talks in Algiers, the group agreed to drop production to 32.5 million barrels a day, the delegate said, asking not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. That’s nearly 750,000 barrels a day less than it pumped in August.

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