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Can An OPEC Production Cut Extension Push Oil Prices To $60?

Barring another bout of “geopolitical risk,” it seems only significant changes in oil fundamentals will deliver the boost OPEC needs. If OPEC succeeds in lengthening, or even deepening cuts & pulls Russia on board, there’s a chance that the IEA & Goldman’s prediction of a stabilizing oil market & a closer balance between supply & demand by the late-summer 2017 could come true.

OPEC on the Brink of Failure - The End to the Cartel may be Near

OPEC, which has far exceeded the average life of cartels, is on the brink of failure. Though cracks have been developing in the cartel since the start of the current oil crisis, it has managed to stay together so far. The success of the current OPEC deal for production cuts will decide its future as a cartel. If the OPEC members don’t act together, chances are that the cartel will come to an end very soon.

These Fundamentals Point To Higher Oil Prices

Investors overlooked the bearish news of crude stocks that still remain at all-time highs, because of another more interesting development. Gasoline stocks have declined rather significantly in recent weeks, at a much faster rate than at this point in the 2016 season as demand is rising. That, along with a few more reasons, makes one surely feel optimistic about oil prices.

Don’t Worry about Oil Prices, Here’s How You Can Profit

I’m keeping a close eye on the oil market, and on the moves that Saudi Arabia is making to manipulate oil prices. Over time, Saudi Arabia will be unable to affect oil prices as much as they have been able to in the past. Prices for oil trade around $50 a barrel and recently set lows for the year, but I am actually more bullish on oil prices than was ever before. Here’s why.

A Massive Spike In Crude Oil Prices Seems Inevitable - IEA

3 years of drastic cuts to upstream spending due to the meltdown in oil prices could result in a shortage of oil supply in a few years, according to the IEA. Global oil and gas investment dropped by a quarter in 2015 & by an additional 26% last year. The pipeline of new projects is too small, while oil demand continues to grow, eventually overtaking supply & leading to a sharp spike in oil prices.

Will $60 Level be a Ceiling For Crude Oil Prices?

Oil prices faltered on Tuesday on slow but steady gains in U.S. output. The failure to break out of a narrow trading range on the upside has exposed crude oil prices to some losses. Having failed on a couple of occasions to break higher it is only natural to see it correct lower. As per a Reuters survey, analysts see oil prices staying below $60 even if OPEC extended its cuts through the end of the year.

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.

Has Saudi Arabia Underestimated the Shale Oil Resilience yet Again?

Saudi Arabia seems unfazed from a possible rebound in U.S. shale. They still believe that current oil prices at around $50 are still not enough to herald a significant rebound of US shale production. Saudi Arabia’s oilmen may not lose sleep over U.S. shale resurgence, but it looks like they may have underestimated the shale resilience yet again, as was their idea of flooding the market with oil in 2014.

Why Gold Prices Could Bottom "On or Close to", After Fed’s Rate Hike

The Fed rate hike could mark an intermediate bottom in gold prices. We could see a knee-jerk move lower on a Fed rate hike, followed by a sharp move higher marking a gold bottom on the CPI numbers. And in the background we have naturally rising interest rates, which, if they continue, will make servicing what is nearly a $20 trillion debt harder and harder.

Strong Buying Continues To Fuel The Oil Price Rally

While it is too soon for the latest CFTC data to reflect the market’s response to the OPEC decision, the forward curve is giving us a good indication of what has happened. Short positions by speculators have been closed out amid the post-OPEC meeting euphoria, while oil producers have snapped up short positions along the forward curve, hedging future oil production over the coming years.

Gold Prices Bounce from Key Support - Bull Market Intact

Gold could see a better tone this week assuming that the dollar takes a bit of a breather from its upward advance and if U.S. equity markets pause after several weeks of heady gains. Despite on a short-term sell signal, the gold sector remains firmly on a long-term buy signal. Long-term signals can last for months and years and are more suitable for investors holding for long term.

Inflation - Difficult to Move, But Once Moving, Hard to Control

Three key measures of inflation have recently lurched across the Fed’s threshold of 2%. The recent pickup in gas prices is set to have an even sharper upward impact on the consumer price inflation basket. Inflation can really spin out of control very quickly. If it happens, it would happen very quickly. Inflation is like a supertanker: Hard to get moving. But once moving, hard to stop.

Rising Inflation & Sagging Confidence in Central Banks will Catapult Gold Prices Higher

Inflation may surprise to the upside. Consumer prices are set to rise as oil rebounds, while low or negative interest rates and bond buying by central banks have failed to boost economies. Interest rate hikes are incredibly positive for gold prices, because of the existence of the huge QE “money ball” that sits at the Fed & other central banks. Gold prices need another rate hike from Janet to move higher.

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.

Global Oil could be a True Body Blow to the US Dollar

What happens when more parties reject the Brent quote as an accurate daily price quote for oil? President Putin has stated many times that he wants to move away from the US dollar in trade. Global oil buyers would soon fall into line & begin paying that basket price. If the Brent oil quote falls apart in Europe — replaced by Urals blend quote — It would be a true body blow to the US dollar.

Huge Draw in Crude Oil Stocks Prove Ineffective, Will OPEC Meeting Help Oil Prices?

API reports a 1.4-million-build in US crude oil inventory over last week, much lower than expectations of a 4-million-barrel build, but bursting the bubble (biggest draw in a century) created the week before. Mixed signals from the OPEC nations and a lack of commitment from the larger oil producers indicate that the Algiers meeting could be headed the Doha way.

Sticky Price Inflation at Highest Level since 2009 - What it Means for Gold

The common man has little idea of what the price of gold is because he does not fear inflation. Right now, gold is only an investment hedge for institutional players & still trending up since December. If inflation starts to become obvious though & the sticky CPI suggests that this might soon happen, any upside revaluation in the price of gold is likely to be quick & intense.

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.

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