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Futures Market Trend Indicates The Return Of Bearishness In Oil Markets

Speculative movements in the futures market don’t dictate everything, but they are good indicators of market sentiment. Net-long positions in crude futures reduced for a third week in a row. Also the fact that the oil glut persists despite what should be bullish trends – high OPEC compliance, growing demand, and the initial signs of falling inventories – suggests that lower oil prices could be forthcoming.

The Next War In Oil Prices - Saudi Arabia Vs. Russia

Europe, a very stable and surprisingly growing crude oil market, is now the stage for a possible oil price war scenario. Riyadh’s decision to change its European price setting is, however, a clear signal that there is a red line for the Oil Kingdom. No more market share will be lost without being confronted by a more aggressive and powerful Aramco establishment.

Gold to Steam Ahead on Uncertainty, Despite a Strong Dollar

Despite the strength of the dollar, gold is on an upward trajectory as investors look for a safe haven in an increasingly uncertain world. We think that the gold market is targeting $1,250/oz to the upside so long as we stay above $1,220/oz support. One of the factors driving investors towards gold – uncertainty over the outcome of the upcoming French presidential elections.

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.

The Oil War Is Only Just Getting Started

OPEC’s decision to deliberately cut oil supply and abandon the strategy of pursuing market share at all costs is currently benefiting the cartel’s competitor, U.S. shale. Five or ten years from now, a possible market share ‘oil war’ would take place on a totally different battleground, and some regiments or battalions may lack essential armory to wage such war.

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.

Is Putin’s Support For An OPEC Freeze A Game Changer for Crude?

The array of comments from OPEC and Russian officials over the past week could signal that a real effort might be underway to reach a deal on freezing production. Iraq would support a deal; Iran will attend the meeting & the potential for an OPEC deal received an endorsement from a surprising source – Russian President Vladimir Putin threw his weight behind a production freeze.

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.

OPEC Rumours Continue To Pull Oil Prices Higher

Oil prices hit one a month high on Monday thanks to speculation about potential producer curbs on supply and new data from market intelligence firm Genscape showing an estimated draw of more than 350,000 barrels per day at the Cushing OK delivery point. Although oil prices reacted stoically on last week’s rig count report, the amount of rigs added to the Permian basin is starting to add up.

Slump In Oil Prices May Burn The Oil Industry Again

When oil prices fall, volatility increases & the floodgates of capital open. Every genius-investor wants to buy low & sell high. Rig count rises with fresh capital, production increases & oil prices fall. When oil prices rose from $26 in mid-Feb to over $51 by early June, the rig count change rate exploded. Predictably, oil prices are falling again on continuing the same thing that got you in trouble before.

The US Shale Industry Is Painfully Adapting to Low Oil Prices

The rise in oil prices over the past six months has come as a blessing for the battered US shale producers. Oil prices have risen more than 50% since January, giving a glimmer of hope to the US oil industry that the worst of the oil crisis might finally be behind them. Moreover, it forced the shale producers to adapt by reducing production costs and increasing efficiency.

Is India - the World’s “Star Performer” Growth Market, the New China?

One of the bright spots continues to be India, whose own manufacturing sector expanded for the fifth straight month in May. The country’s GDP advanced an impressive 7.9 percent in the first quarter, following 7.3 percent year-over-year growth in 2015. This helps it retain its position as the world’s fastest growing major economy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crude Oil Crash Of 2016 Has The Big Banks Running Scared

During the boom years, big banks gave out billions of dollars in loans to fund exceedingly expensive drilling projects all over the world. Now those firms are dropping like flies & the big banks could potentially be facing catastrophic losses. Since the start of 2015, 42 US oil companies have filed for bankruptcy. The longer the price of oil stays low, the worse the carnage will get.

Crude Oil At $20 Is Now A Distinct Possibility As Chinese Demand Wanes

Importantly for crude oil is the fact that China’s worsening economic situation could cut into the country’s crude oil demand. As the world’s principle driver of crude oil demand suddenly starts slowing to more pedestrian levels of growth, the oil markets are very much feeling the effect. As Goldman Sachs predicted, crude oil prices might indeed fall to $20s per barrel.

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