Oil Seen Falling Below $40 a Barrel If OPEC Doesn't Extend Cuts

Crude will probably drop to less than $40 a barrel unless OPEC and allied producers extend their collective cuts in output beyond June, according to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s head of research. The six-month cuts that took effect in January have set a floor for prices, but an increasing supply of U.S. shale oil together with record-high inventories are keeping the per-barrel price of crude from rising beyond the upper $50s, Christof Ruehl said Wednesday at a conference in Dubai.