OPEC members stay the course

OPEC ministers yesterday decided to &ldquo;stay the course&rdquo; and keep output steady as they bet on a strengthening economy and tentative signs of increased demand to boost oil prices. &ldquo;Stay the course, this is the decision,&rdquo; Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi said following just under two hours of talks, which had been widely expected to maintain existing production targets.<br />Some members of the 12-member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries voiced concern high levels of inventory could depress prices, but Naimi said demand was rising and would drain away excess supplies.