A statement released by the Saudi state-owned energy giant Aramco reveals that the first half net income for 2019 had dropped to $46.9 billion, compared to $53.0 billion for the same period last year. The drop in income has been attributed to lower crude oil prices. Saudi Crown Prince MbS continues to insist on a $2 trillion valuation of Aramco as talks resume on the long-awaited IPO, although some bankers and company insiders say this should be trimmed to around $1.5 trillion. In other news, Saudi Arabia plans to keep its crude oil exports below 7 million barrels per day in August and September to help drain global oil inventories and ‘rebalance the market’.

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