Geopolitical Tensions Flair in Saudi Arabia, Ukraine

Yesterday, oil prices eked out moderate gains, extending the streak of gains to four days. The US economy is on a hot-streak, and a strong jobs report maintained the upward momentum. While traders are primarily focused on the economy and vaccine rollouts, there’s also plenty of old school geopolitical risk to stoke concerns, too. Saudi […]

More Volatility from Suez Canal, OPEC Meeting, and COVID

Oil price volatility continues this week, with huge up-and-down movements for oil prices each day. Yesterday, oil prices once again plummeted, approaching Tuesday’s low closing level. Some of the volatility is driven by the Suez Canal blockage. There are ships on both sides trying to pass through, and a surprise tanker delivery (or a decision […]

As New Cuts Take Effect, Analysts Warn of Future Supply Crunch

After putting in quite a run on Friday morning, WTI crude closed last week at its lowest level since Jan 7 – though that’s not exactly saying much, as the product has yet to escape the $52-$53 range. This morning, Saudi Arabia’s incremental 1 MMbpd of cuts go into effect, markets are moving higher in […]

Oil Flat amid Slew of OPEC, Demand, and Political News

Yesterday, the OPEC+ production agreement continued to surprise markets when Saudi Arabia announced they would voluntarily shoulder an additional 1 MMbpd in cuts. Under the new arrangement, Russia and Kazakhstan will slightly increase their output (by a paltry 75 kbpd) while other producers maintain current cuts.  The announcement propelled WTI crude prices briefly above $50/bbl, […]

Weekly Round-up – January 6, 2020

EIA’s Best of 2020 Read the highlights of a hectic year from the pre-eminent governmental energy agency. Click Here to read more from the EIA. Oil Tops $50 With Saudis Pledging a Surprise Unilateral Cut Oil surged to its highest since February after Saudi Arabia pledged to voluntarily cut output by an extra 1 million […]

OPEC+ Stalemate, Deliberations Continue Today

Crude closed down yesterday as OPEC+ met but could not agree on February production levels. The market is up in early trading this morning amid rising tension in the Strait of Hormuz after a South Korean tanker was seized by Iran on Monday. Middle East tensions are often a cause of rising crude prices, and […]

Strikes, Storms, Sickness, and Saudis – and Soaring Oil

Oil markets are continuing to rally this morning, with no particular catalyst for the rise. In fundamental news, Libya’s production has risen to 290 kbpd – nearly triple the level a few months ago, but well below their 1.2 million barrel per day capacity. A Norweigian oil worker strike is counteracting Libya’s added supply, though, […]

OPEC Tightens Compliance as Libya Resumes Output

Oil is trading sideways this morning after gaining nearly 10% over the course of the week. Although OPEC’s focus on increasing deal compliance gave markets a boost over the past two days, Libya’s increased production is giving the market pause. Libya’s oil field has been a source of volatility for years. Militant forces led by […]

Week in Review – September 18, 2020

Blink and you might have missed the faltering oil market from past weeks. WTI crude broke below $40/bbl on September 4, and by the middle of this week had already gained a position above that threshold. The week started with bearish news including the UAE uncharacteristically pumping above their OPEC quota. In addition, Libya announced […]

Saudis Cutoff US Exports & Majors Cut Output

Markets are receiving a boost following Trump’s Executive Order over the weekend. Trump signed the order to support economic recovery while Congress argues over the specific details of stimulus legislation. Experts are debating the efficacy of the order, since some of its measures may only be partially effective in supporting the economy. Still, markets are […]

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