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The US Dollar Strength Takes Its Toll On Oil Prices Again

As we exit summer driving season, and as refinery maintenance ramps up, demand eases, and typically… oil prices come under pressure. The return of oversupply fears are clobbering the crude oil complex lower, with gasoline leading the charge. With Nonfarm Friday on deck, bringing the prospect of a stronger dollar, here are five things to consider in oil markets today.

Stronger Dollar And OPEC Inaction Force Crude Oil Below $40

Looking at global offshore rigs, even though 40 out of 350 rigs have been taken out of the market in the price rout of the last year, we need to see up to 100 rigs go offline to halt the supply glut. The descent into disarray by OPEC has prompted WTI crude oil to plummet into thirty-dollardom; a strengthening dollar is only serving to strong-arm the crude oil complex lower.

Oil Prices Supported by China's Strategic Reserve Hoarding

Imports into China continue to knock the socks off last year’s levels. Should oil imports keep up their pace for the rest of the month, they will be achieve their highest level since April, and imports overall will be up 14% year-to-date through the first three quarters of the year. Bargain-hunting? You betcha.

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