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Saudi Market Share Hit As Russia Doubles Oil Exports To China

Russia had overtaken Saudi Arabia as China’s leading supplier of crude oil at the end of last year. Russia’s exports to China had more than doubled over the course of the past years — an increase equivalent to 550,000 barrels a day, while the two major oil suppliers – Saudi Arabia and Iran, saw their Chinese oil orders decline year-over-year.

Low Oil Prices Are A Saudi Attack On Iran — But You Can Defend Yourself

The Saudis’ primary motivation in crashing oil prices last November was to harm Iran. In other words, low oil prices are not about hurting Russia because of Ukraine; nor slowing the advance in North American fracking. The Saudi idea is to squeeze the bank accounts of the Mullahs in Teheran.

Why Citi Thinks Oil Is Going To $20

Citi warns the oil market should bottom sometime between the end of Q1 and beginning of Q2 at a significantly lower price level in the $40 range (perhaps as low as the $20 range for a while) – after which markets should start to balance, first with an end to inventory builds and later on with a period of sustained inventory draws.

Why Russia Will Halt the Ruble’s Slide and Keep Pumping Oil

Fall of the ruble has accompanied a precipitous decline in oil prices. Russia, a resource-based economy, is hurt by oil weakness. But oil is traded nearly everywhere in US dollars, which are presently enjoying considerable strength. Russia can sell their oil in dollars but pay their expenses in devalued rubles & make capital improvements.

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