The price of Brent crude oil has declined to below $86 a barrel after US investment bank Goldman Sachs cut its price forecasts earlier today.

Reuters reported that for December, Brent dropped to 25 cents at $85.88 a barrel while US crude was up by two cents to $81.03 a barrel for the same period.

Citing Goldman Sachs’ research, the news agency reported that for the first quarter of 2015, the bank has cut its prediction for Brent to $85 a barrel from $100, with the US crude forecast being lowered to $75 from $90.

The bank also said that Brent may decline further to $80 a barrel in the second quarter of 2015, with US crude reaching as low as $70.

"The bank said Brent may decline to $80 a barrel in the second quarter of 2015, with US crude as low as $70."

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is scheduled to meet on 27 November in Vienna, Austria, to consider adjusting its output target of 30 million barrels a day for the first half of 2015.

Libya is supporting a cut in production, while several OPEC members, including Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, all played down talks of any reduction in oil output.

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