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Oil Market Tightening Puts a Firm Floor Beneath Oil Prices

The shift into backwardation in the futures market suggests that the supply balance is heading in the right direction, and it probably puts a floor beneath oil prices for the time being. EIA reported a hefty draw in U.S. commercial oil inventories but oil prices did not rally on the hefty draw, because the EIA also reported that U.S. crude oil production rose last week.

Copper - True Economy Indicator & a Better Inflation Hedge than Gold

When it comes to inflation, which can erode the value of portfolios that don’t keep pace with rising consumer prices, anyone who bought gold as a hedge over the past 25 years missed out on a much better deal — copper. While data show that broad commodity indexes provided the best bang for the buck during periods of rising costs in the US, Copper – “the metal with a Ph.D. in economics” stands out.

Is This Oil Price Rally for Real or Just a Dead Cat Bounce?

What a difference a week makes. Oil prices are more than 9% above last Friday’s capitulation low. The bounce has legs in the short-term but it doesn’t alter the long-term bearish story. U.S. oil inventories just had their largest drop of 2017 & a fifth consecutive weekly decline. OPEC is expected to extend production cuts on May 25. Goldman reiterated its bullish call for an imminent supply deficit.

Oil Markets On A Knife Edge Despite 91% OPEC Compliance

The 10 OPEC countries that promised to reduce their production as part of the Nov. 30 deal have achieved a 91% compliance rate with the targeted cuts. Oil prices enjoyed a huge surge following the successful outcome of the OPEC deal at the end of 2016, but have stagnated since. If OPEC compliance starts to drop, it will probably do so with a backdrop of rising U.S. oil production.

Why The Price of Oil Tanked And Why It’ll Stage A Comeback

WTI spreads stayed in a bearish pattern this week with help from a flood of imported crude into the US, a modest inventory build in Cushing and OPEC deal jitters which were particularly harsh. Our current view still calls for a $47-$55 range heading into the OPEC meeting later this month and we see several reasons why oil should find its footing and potentially rebound in the near term.

Oil Prices Rocked By OPEC Reports - But Can’t Stay Low For Much Longer

Due to a very high degree of uncertainty surrounding OPEC intentions, there is likely to be further volatility in US trading on Friday and the potential for significant price gaps at the market open next week. Overall dollar trends will continue to have a significant impact on underlying crude oil prices. Remember, oil prices will not languish at the current depressed levels forever.

Here's What Saudi Arabia’s New Oil Policy Will Look Like

Ali al-Naimi’s termination & Prince Mohammed’s official ascent to the top of the Saudi oil chain of command are likely bearish in the short term, as Saudi Arabia reverts to its 2014 strategy of pushing oil prices low enough to put marginal producers out of business. What does this mean for oil, since Khalid Al-Falih is likely to follow Naimi’s policy of safeguarding Saudi Arabia’s market share?

Do Not Underestimate The Power Of This Year's Rally In Oil Prices

Oil futures are currently around $49, v/s $65 seen in the Q2 of 2015. If the futures market doesn’t expect the oil prices to rise, producers can’t lock in a profit like they might have at $65. If you can’t lock in a profit, you can’t produce as much & thus supply should theoretically fall. This has led us to say the futures price is far more important than the current or spot price.

Did The Fed Intentionally Spark A Commodity Sell-off?

A theory: The Fed realized that QE wasn’t working, and never worked, thus another path was needed. But what alternative did they have, since rates were already ZERO? So maybe they changed course and took a strong dollar policy vs. a weak one to intentionally weaken the commodity sector and thus boost consumer spending.

Goldman, BofA Warn Crude Oil Crash Will Have Negative Impact On GDP, Earnings

The direct negative effect of lower oil prices on Energy earnings is clear. Given this historical relationship and oil futures prices, Energy earnings are likely to drop by more than 50% year/year in 2015. This fall would result in an S&P 500 earnings drag of roughly $65 billion, or more than $7 of EPS vs. 2014.

Oil - The Black Gold Loses Glitter

If oil stays low, it may turn out that entire U.S. oil boom was just one of many Federal Reserve inflated bubbles. If it pops, the job losses & debt defaults that would ensue could have a far greater impact on the economy & the credit markets than ever before. Ultimately then, QE 4 may need to be much larger than QE1, 2 & 3 combined!

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