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Oil prices fell on Monday as analysts doubted upcoming producer talks would be able to rein in oversupply, saying that Brent would likely fall back below $50 a barrel as August's over 20-percent crude rally looks overblown.

International benchmark Brent crude oil futures were trading at $50.43 per barrel at 0025 GMT, down 45 cents, or 0.88 percent. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 27 cents, or 0.56 percent, at $48.25 a barrel.

Analysts cast doubt on a recent oil price rally, saying that much of it was a result of short-covering and anticipation of upcoming oil producer talks in September to discuss means to curb ballooning oversupply. With no fundamental tightening of the market in sight, they said that prices would likely come under downward pressure again soon.

Regarding the upcoming producer talks, Morgan Stanley said that it viewed a meaningful agreement as highly unlikely and that there were too many headwinds and logistical challenges to a meaningful deal.

Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers like Russia are set to meet in September to discuss a freeze in output levels or even a cutback in order to rein in on oversupply, but analysts said animosity between OPEC-members Saudi Arabia and Iran made a deal unlikely.

According to Barclays, though Iran now sits roughly 200,000 barrels per day away from its monthly pre-sanctions peak in May 2011, the bank does not see it accepting restraints on its output, and without Iran's inclusion, Saudi Arabia will not take part. As a result, the British bank said that the stars remain misaligned for an OPEC/non-OPEC freeze agreement.

Because of the ongoing production and storage overhang in crude and refined products markets, Barclays said that the 20-percent price rally since early August was unwarranted, and that oil prices of $50 or higher were currently unsustainable. (CNBC)



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