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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 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.

Why So Much Volatility In Oil Prices? Blame The Speculators

Much of the gain was related to speculative movements & decisions of oil traders moving barrels of oil on paper. Speculators had taken a near-record level of short positions on oil, predicting oil prices would continue to fall. They did fall, for about 2 months. However, with such a large preponderance of short positions, the timing was right for a correction.

The New Normal for Crude Oil?

With US shale being one of the main culprits of excess crude oil production, storage of crude in US markets have risen above seasonally adjusted highs in the last year. This abundance of stored crude has pushed the current spot price of crude oil toward five-year lows, as current demand is just not there to take on more crude production.

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