Spare crude oil capacity could be "stretched to the limit"

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The International Energy Agency on Thursday welcomed higher production from the Middle East and Russia, but warned that it "comes at the expense of the world's spare capacity cushion, which might be stretched to the limit."

Why it matters: The commentary in the IEA's closely-watched monthly oil market report highlights a reason why the market could be in for more volatility and price jumps despite the recent decision by OPEC and Russia to boost output.