A strong open is in store for the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) after a surge in oil prices overnight. This follows OPEC’s decision to cut production – the first such deal since 2008.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): up 0.61%
  • DAX (Germany): up 0.74%
  • CAC 40 (France): up 0.77%
  • Dow Jones (USA): up 0.61%
  • NASDAQ (USA): up 0.24%

Energy shares such as BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) and Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) could be among the biggest winners today.

Oil prices surged more than 5%, which could also bode well for Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL), Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (ASX: LNG), Origin Energy Ltd (ASX: ORG) and Senex Energy Ltd (ASX: SXY), amongst others.

Spot gold, on the other hand, continued to decline which could weigh on Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) and OceanaGold Corporation (ASX: OGC) further.

In the education sector, Intueri Education Group Ltd (ASX: IQE) shares soared on Wednesday but remain well below the level they started the week at.

Woolworths Limited (ASX: WOW) had a better day on Wednesday as well, and investors will look for further gains today. Meanwhile, AGL Energy Ltd (ASX: AGL) climbed 5.8% during yesterday’s session and could receive some attention from investors.

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