IEA Raises Demand Forecast, Warns of Downside Risk

Yesterday brought a sharp break from the oil market’s earlier stability. Crude prices shed over $1/bbl as several companies, including Wells Fargo and United Airlines, announced employee layoffs following a dismal jobs report. Unemployment claims have fallen precipitously from their March peak but remain double the highs of the 2008-09 recession. Rising coronavirus cases in […]

Outbreak May Evolve into Pandemic

In Asia, Europe, and the Middle East hundreds of new cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, have been reported.  The virus has been found in about 30 countries.  In the US, the Center for Disease Control warned of the inevitable outbreak of the virus.  The organization is preparing for “severe” disruptions to daily life in the […]

China, 60% Back to Work

Crude prices are relatively flat this morning after yesterday’s large drop, the largest drop in almost seven weeks.  Investors are trying to gauge the economic consequences of the quickly spreading coronavirus and whether it will become a global pandemic.  Goldman Sachs says certain economic metrics appear at least 20% below what is normally seen this […]

Chinese Stimulus Not Enough to Sustain Gains

Last week crude closed the week higher on the potential for deeper OPEC+ cuts and Chinese economic stimulus due to the coronavirus.  In early trading this morning the market is giving back some of last week’s gains as markets asses the crude demand decline from the coronavirus versus the stimulus measures being rolled out to […]

China No Longer Labeled Currency Manipulator

Yesterday markets closed lower – extending to five days the streak of losses.  The market appears to have dismissed Middle East tensions in the short term.  However, crude is up in early trading this morning.  Crude is currently trading at $58.66, a gain of 58 cents. Fuel prices are up.  Diesel is trading at $1.9113, […]

Markets Turn to US-China Trade Deal

Friday saw oil markets continue their descent to lower territory, extending the streak of losses to four trading sessions. If this morning’s trading patterns hold, it looks like that streak might extend to five days. Crude oil is currently trading at $58.51, 53 cents (0.9%) below Friday’s close. Fuel prices are trading slightly lower as […]

Prices Rebound after Huge Drop on Friday

The turkey hangover seeped into markets on Friday, bringing the largest price drop since October. WTI crude gave up just shy of $3/bbl, falling from over $58/bbl to just above $55/bbl. This morning, prices are rallying back once again. Crude oil is trading at $56.39, up $1.22 cents. Fuel prices also crashed lower, with diesel […]

Oil Briefly Above 200-Day Moving Average

Once again a large price swing is being negated this morning as markets are driven by headlines rather than fundamentals. Crude oil is trading at $56.76, down 96 cents (-1.7%) from Friday’s close. Fuel prices are taking a hit as well. Diesel prices are trading at $1.9018, down 4.6 cents (-2.4%). Gasoline prices are currently […]

Trade Deal Progress Dims

After rising to the highest point since September yesterday, crude markets retreated while retaining 80-cent gains. Today, those gains have been shed. Crude oil is currently trading at $56.17, down 98 cents (1.7%) from Thursday’s close. Fuel prices are down as well, with diesel leading the complex lower.  Diesel prices are trading at $1.8795 this […]

Trade Prospects Improve, California Power Outage

Oil prices are trading flat this morning after impressive gains to end last week. Oil prices saw the largest leap since the Saudi oil attack in September, demonstrating the power of positive trade news and low inventory concerns. Crude oil is currently trading at $56.64, unchanged from Friday’s close. Fuel prices are also mixed/flat. Diesel […]

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