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Kuwait in Focus

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Oil Market and Budget Developments

Crude prices renew upward march after early December pullback… Kuwait’s budget outlook remains stong…

After a relatively stable November, crude prices saw considerable volatility throughout December. The price of Kuwait Export Crude (KEC) dropped $8 per barrel (pb) to $71 pb in the first half of December, before rallying back to $77 by the end of the month and to nearly $80 by January 7th – a new post-recovery high. The initial fall may have been driven by a strengthening of the US dollar, which appreciated by 4% in trade-weighted terms between December 1st and 17th. But crude prices began rising again this burst of support for the dollar abated.

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