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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.

OPEC’s Gloomy Long-Term Outlook For The Oil Market

Given the election is dominating much of the movement in markets today, and given the timely release of OPEC’s World Oil Outlook, today’s post digs into some of the longer-term trends emerging in the oil market. Here are six things to consider. Developing nations will lead demand growth (no surprise there), driven by the transportation sector.

The Biggest Wildcard For Oil Prices Right Now - China

China’s record purchases, along with temporary production outages in Nigeria and Canada, helped rebalance supply and demand in the oil market. However, since that is now over, stopping shipments for the reserve would wipe out about 15% of the country’s imports & the price of oil would plunge as the already oversupplied market would find itself with an unprecedented glut of excess production.

Will The Rally In Crude Oil Prices End Today?

The market sell off on product market concerns did not lead any notable change in crude oil fundamentals. Refiners have yet to pull back meaningfully on crude oil purchases & crude oil inventory builds are only starting to turn bearish in both the weekly US statistics and globally. US crude oil inventories are set to build above normal over the coming months.

OIL - The Untold History of Black Gold & How it began the Political Strategies of the West

The political strategy of the U.S. had to adapt to provide for the needs & wants of the American population. The ‘70s marked the turning point when the U.S. shifted from being an oil exporter to the world’s largest oil importer. The oil crisis of 1973 was the game changer that transformed the international political & financial system into the current system of petrodollars & oil wars.

Oil Prices Hint Bear Market As Short Positions Surge To 10 Year High

The latest CFTC data show that speculators increased their shorts (bearish bets) by the biggest volume on record in last week’s data for WTI crude oil. Saudi Arabia has cut its official selling price (OSP) for Arab Light into Asia for September by the biggest amount in nearly a year. The price discount is a response to lower impending Asian oil demand as refiners dial back on runs.

Oil Prices can Spike on $1 Trillion In Spending Cuts

An oil supply deficit may be hard to fathom given two years of surplus and rock bottom oil prices, but with the financials of so many oil companies badly damaged, upstream investment could come up short in the not-too-distant future, even if oil prices continue to rise this year. The small increase in the US oil rig count over the past few weeks is not nearly enough to reverse the decline.

India's Soaring Oil Demand Provides Floor Beneath Oil Prices

India’s oil demand grew by 400,000 barrels per day in the first quarter – the fastest in the world, accounting for about 30% of the total global increase. Crude oil imports have jumped by 12% so far this year from 2015 levels. India’s oil demand could rise to 10 mb/d, a more than 6 mb/d increase from today’s levels, which will also be the largest source of growth on the planet.

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.

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.”

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 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.

Why Saudi Arabia Has No Intention To End The Oil Glut

As the shale oil revolution had sustained momentum at oil prices near $100, Saudi Arabia began the second most rapid rig count expansion in its history starting in late 2013. While Saudi Arabia & OPEC have talked intermittently about increasing demand & decreasing supply, their actions have not always comported with the distracting, laissez-faire attitude suggested by their commentary.

Oil Fundamentals Could Cause Oil Prices To Fall, Fast

I hope that oil prices increase but cannot find any substantive reason why they should do anything but fall. As market balance reality re-emerges in investor consciousness and the false euphoria of a production freeze recedes, prices should correct to around $30. A little bad economic or political news could send oil prices much lower.

The Oil Price Ceiling Has Been Set: "Above $40 And We Start Pumping Again"

The cure for low oil prices is low oil prices & as more shale companies halt production, the 3 mmb/d oversupplied oil market will slowly return to equilibrium. The oil price war is about to enter its far more vicious, and far more lethal phase, and while it is unclear who ultimately wins, whether it is Shale or the Saudis, the loser is clear: anyone who bought into bets of an imminent oil bounce.

The Real Reason Behind Crazy Volatility In Crude Oil This Week

The volatility in crude oil trading has been incredible to say the least, and has reached the highest levels since Lehman’s systemic crisis in 2008. Intraday swings of 5-10% are now de rigeur with OPEC and geopolitical headlines jockeying for narrative amid collapsing fundamentals.. but there is another, much bigger driver of this sudden chaos.

How Oversupplied is the Oil Market Really?

My conclusion is that this market is only marginally oversupplied and represents approximately 1.5% of the global oil market. If the above assumptions prove accurate then we could very well see an oil market that is in equilibrium if not undersupplied by the end of 2016. My guess is the price of oil begins to move higher long before that moment actually occurs.

Time to Play the Rebound In Oil Prices

The oil industry is permeated in gloom right now because of oversupply & weak demand. Small producers are going out of business & a wave of energy-related bond defaults is about to wash over the fixed-income markets. But the oil majors are positioning themselves to benefit from the rebound of prices in late 2016 and early 2017. The time to play this rebound is now.

A Key Indicator Low Oil Prices Are Lifting Demand

Strong shipping demand out of China suggests that currently-low global oil prices are lifting demand. With the pricing numbers in fact showing that Chinese oil users still need a lot of supply — so much so, they’re willing to pay top dollar to bring it in. Market sources are also saying strong buying interest for VLCCs is also coming from places like Japan.

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