Two years after the worlds biggest exporter backed the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries switch to a pump-at-will strategy to defend market share, Saudi Arabias oil minister promised to bear the biggest burden in curbing global supply. The market response suggests it may have been the prudent thing to do. By promising to cut production by just 4.7 percent, the country gained an 18 percent jump in oil prices. The pain of prices below $50 had become too much for the Arab worlds largest economy. Saddled with budget deficits, the country cut spending and burned through more than a quarter of its foreign financial reserves in two years. The persistent price slump also threatened the centerpiece of the reforms sketched out by the countrys powerful deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman: privatizing what could become the worlds biggest publicly traded oil company, Saudi Arabian Oil Co. Even $60 oil isnt enough to solve all the countrys fiscal issues, Apostolos Bantis, a credit analyst at Commerzbank AG in Dubai, said in an interview. Its more a question of building confidence in the economy. If crude stabilizes at higher prices, that will give more certainty and provide a stronger basis for the Aramco IPO. Brent crude has jumped to about $55 a barrel since OPECs Nov.
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Cholesterol is a waxy substance that can build up in blood vessels and increase a person’s risk for heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the body needs some cholesterol to function. For example, HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol, carries cholesterol to the liver so that it can be flushed from the body, the CDC says. In the study, the researchers focused on three cholesterol measurements: LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol; triglycerides , which are a type of fat; and total cholesterol. Total cholesterol includes triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol. More From LiveScience Beyond vegetables and exercise: 5 surprising ways to be heart healthy During the study period, total cholesterol levels in U.S. adults decreased from an average of 204 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) in 1999-2000 to an average of 189 mg/dL in 2013-2014, the researchers found. Adults should aim for total cholesterol levels of less than 200 mg/dL, the CDC says. Triglycerides also decreased during the study period, from an average of 123 mg/dL in 1999-2000 to an average of 97 mg/dL in 2013-2014, according to the study. A healthy triglyceride level is less than 150 mg/dL, the CDC says. For LDL cholesterol, there was a decrease from an average of 126 mg/dL in 1999-2000 to an average of 111 mg/dL in 2013-2014, according to the study.
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