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Has the Oil Price Rally Gone Too Far? Time for a Correction or Yet More to Rise?

As usual, the oil markets are rife with confusion and uncertainty. Speculators could be overextending themselves – Or – realize that the rally has run out of steam & then decide to pocket their profits. The longer-term looks a little clearer on the back of rising demand and shrinking supply. The market will have to balance out; the only debate is over how quickly that happens.

Oil Prices Rise Despite Threat of Potential Supplies

Oil prices are expanding their rally despite the failure of the Doha meeting. Traders are now concentrating on the declining North American production. US producers have lost their potential of investing in growth opportunities amid a decline in crude oil prices from $120 to below $30 a barrel. Oil supplies from Canada, US & Latin America could decline by 700,000 barrels per day this year.

Doha Is Done, Saudi Prince Says - No Oil Deal Without Iran

In what appears to be a Doha party-pooping statement, Saudi deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman stated unequivocally that The Kingdom won’t restrain its oil production unless other producers, including Iran, agree to freeze output at a meeting this weekend in Doha. If there is no agreement, then expect a sharp oil market sell-off on Monday.

How to Play the End of the Biggest Oil Bear Market Ever

It’s been a long time since oil has had this much pep in its step. And it’s lifting the rest of the market higher too. Yesterday’s close above its 200-day moving average is crude oil’s first since July 2014. Is the longest downtrend for oil in history is finally through? It’s possible. The road higher will be messy and difficult. But some quality trades should materialize soon enough.

Why Oil Prices Will Rise And Many Will Be Caught By Surprise

Oil industry investment is far below levels required just to replace production. The only thing that will change the vector of these declines is lots of spending, and the only thing will spur lots more spending is higher oil prices. Just like all the oil bulls had to be run out during the declining price stage, all the price bears will be run out when fundamentals hit them over the head.

Why the Fall in Oil Prices is a Problem for Everyone

The increase of oil prices during the ‘70s caused inflation and recession in Europe & the US while oil producers were building a trade surplus & currency reserves. On the other end, in the late ‘80s & all of the ‘90s, the collapse of commodity prices contributed to a long period of economic growth in industrialized countries & caused serious problems for some oil producers.

What's Really Driving the Rally in Crude Oil Prices?

Does the huge rally in crude oil mean it’s time for us to bet on higher prices? Or is this rally doomed to fizzle? As crude oil has soared over 50% since Feb. 11, the number of bets on increased prices has barely budged. It’s been a hell of a bottom-bouncer so far. But we need to see more evidence before we’re ready to declare this new crude oil rally alive & well.

Why We Could See An Oil Price Shock In 2016

Crude oil storage levels have once again increased. The Rystad Energy figures show that the supply-demand balance could quickly swing back in the other direction as upstream investment has screeched to a halt. The oil markets have always suffered from booms and busts, and this is just more of the same. The current bust is sowing the seeds of the next boom.

China And India Rewrite The Rules Of The Oil And Gas Game

Asian oil markets are in a tremendous period of flux. Both China and India are using the drop in oil prices and the existing oil gut to their advantage. New partnerships are being formed and steps are being taken, which undermine the erstwhile major players. Each crisis brings about a change, and the current one is shifting the power from the suppliers to the consumers.

Why North-American Oil Is Positioned To Win In The Long-Run

Not only are North American oil producers displacing non-North American imports from the U.S. market, U.S. producers are competing for share in foreign crude oil and petroleum product import markets. Lifting the ban on crude oil exports at the end of 2015 will increase U.S. exports. The “growing volumes of exports” from the U.S. are now “spooking the markets.”

Oil Prices Drop After IEA Warns Production Freeze Is "Meaningless"

A deal among some OPEC producers and Russia to freeze production is perhaps “meaningless” as Saudi Arabia is the only country with the ability to increase output, a senior executive from the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. It’s more some kind of gesture which perhaps is aimed … to build confidence that there will be stability in oil prices.

The Current Rally In Oil Prices Is Reaching Its Limits

Oil prices have climbed by about 50% from their February lows, topping $40 per barrel. But now, with oil traders taking the most bullish positions in months while the fundamentals still have not shifted in a correspondingly significant fashion, traders have set up the conditions where oil prices could snap back to the downside.

Oil Markets Increasingly Bullish As Long Positions Surge

The latest CFTC data show that short positions in WTI crude oil shrank again last week, dropping by 20% to the lowest level since June. In combination with a 2.4%t increase in long positions, net-longs increased by 17% – to the highest level since last June. Once again, this increase shows ‘much less bearish’ positioning, as opposed to ‘much more bullish’.

Have Oil Prices & Markets Grown Numb To Supply Disruptions?

The idea that there is a major glut in oil supplies has been overstated. Surpluses in the past have been higher & oil prices did not collapse. Oil price discovery is basically made in the highly leveraged oil futures market & speculators exaggerate oil price movements on the upside as well as the downside. Just as fast prices fell because of them in the futures market, they could drive prices up.

Oil Jumps After Latest Output Freeze Meeting "News"

Oil producers including Gulf OPEC members support holding a meeting next month to discuss a deal to freeze output even without Iran. Given Iran’s determination to add an additional 1 million b/d of supply to an already glutted oil market, it’s still difficult to understand how “let’s freeze things at a record rate” is a viable way to permanently alleviate downside pressure.

Here Is Why Crude Oil Prices May Not Move Higher

The investigation I have presented here about the possible similarities between the present increase in oil prices and the false price rally of March-June 2015 reinforces my sense that a return to higher oil prices is not at all straight-forward. Oil markets are a leading indicator for the broader economy because the economy runs mostly on energy and not so much on money.

IEA Sees “Light At The End Of The Tunnel” For Oil Markets

The IEA found a variety of reasons to think that the oil markets are turning a corner, including: supply outages in Iraq, Nigeria, and the UAE; the declines in non-OPEC supply; tepid but steady demand; recent weaknesses in the U.S. dollar; and the potential that OPEC takes stronger action to boost prices, although any meaningful steps to reduce supply remain unlikely.

Solar Power Is About To Get Much Cheaper

Solar power is not going away and those who think it is are fooling themselves. The concept of cheap solar panels is particularly attractive when one considers the possibility of combining Solar City’s plant with batteries like that of Tesla or Orison. If Solar City can combine cheap solar panels and installation with reliable and cost effective battery storage, it could be a true game changer.

Oil Bust Spreads: Credit Downgraded Of 11 Texas Towns

The Moody’s ratings have little forward-looking value, and are more a reflection of what the market already knows—that times are tough, and lending in this industry—or within the geographical boundaries of oil-dependent locations—comes at a risk. Moody’s will consider the oil downturn and the ability of each government to adapt in this difficult environment.

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