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Markets plummeted nearly $3/bbl yesterday, taking prices starkly below $70/bbl once again. This morning markets are taking a bit of a breather. Crude prices this morning are trading mostly flat at $68.12.
Fuel prices also saw massive losses yesterday – twice now this year, gasoline prices have dropped more than 10 cents in a day. Diesel prices also lost almost 8 cents. This morning fuel prices, like crude, have calmed. Both diesel and gasoline have recovered just over a penny of yesterday’s massive losses to trade at $2.0676 and $2.0149 respectively.
As we noted yesterday, markets are taking the probability of a Strategic Petroleum Reserve release quite seriously. Trump has made no official announcement regarding a potential release – and more importantly, an SPR release would only have a temporary effect on markets. Still, the comfort of government action is giving markets pause.
Additionally, production globally is being restored. Saudi Arabia and Russia have both reported increased production over the past month to make up for outages in Venezuela and Iran. Libya is back online after 850 kbpd of exports were cut off at the ports. And the Canadian Syncrude operation has a credible path back to repair, although there will still be an impact on Cushing stocks until September.
Overall, markets are feeling a little bit safer – and thus less bullish – thanks to a wave of supply returning. OPEC is meeting to discuss their production increase further this week, which could add to that safety net. Until markets begin feeling the pressure of Iran sanctions, which don’t become effective until November, prices could remain somewhat calmer. Of course, Libya, Nigeria and other countries could easily experience an outage that takes us back above $70.
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