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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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