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While vaccine hopes have buoyed markets, Covid continues to hurt major sectors like hospitality, which have shed thousands of jobs during the pandemic.
Oil investors are keeping a close eye on the Opec meeting today. That could explain why markets are not really reacting to news of the oil tanker seizure, which would usually trigger geopolitical concerns and push up prices.
Opec producing nations are reportedly expected to announce production cuts for February, which could help prop up prices that have been hard-hit by reduced fuel demand during the Covid crisis.