Crude oil futures

Crude oil futures

August 8th, 2014

Crude oil futures rose as U.S. President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes in parts of Iraq, OPEC’s second-largest producer, while Chevron Corp. said it was withdrawing some workers.

Brent futures advanced as much as 1.3 percent in London and West Texas Intermediate by 1.1 percent in New York. Obama said yesterday that the strikes, if needed, would be used to protect U.S. personnel and Yezidis, a minority sect concentrated in northern Iraq, who have been targeted by militants and are stranded on a mountain. Conflict in the OPEC producer has so far spared production in Iraq’s south, home to about three-quarters of its crude output.

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August 5th, 2014

Crude oil futures fell for the sixth time in seven days amid forecasts that U.S. refineries reduced operating rates last week, allowing crude supplies at Cushing, Oklahoma, to rebound from near six-year lows.

Refineries probably operated at 92.8 percent of capacity on Aug. 1, down 0.7 percentage point from the prior week, according to a Bloomberg survey before a government report tomorrow. The announcement last week that a Kansas refinery that gets oil from Cushing may be offline for most of August sent WTI to a four-month low. Brent slipped on reports that Kurdish fighters in Iraq retook border towns seized by Islamic militants.

“We’re all anxious about tomorrow’s data,” said Bob Yawger, director of the futures division at Mizuho Securities USA Inc. in New York. “WTI has been supported by the fall in Cushing supplies this year. Coffeyville being offline may change the whole formula and we may see a supply gain.”

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July 17th, 2014

Crude oil West Texas Intermediate rose to a four-day high after U.S. crude stockpiles fell as refiners in the world’s biggest oil consumer boosted processing to the highest level since 2005. Brent advanced in London.

Futures increased as much as 1.5 percent in New York, extending a 1.2 percent gain yesterday. Crude stockpiles shrank by 7.53 million barrels last week, the most since January, while refineries operated at 93.8 percent of capacity, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported yesterday. President Barack Obama’s administration, acting with the European Union, imposed sanctions on Russian banks and energy and defense companies in its latest bid to punish the country over Ukraine.

“The crude stockpile draw explains why WTI is up a bit,” Christopher Bellew, a senior broker at Jefferies Bache Ltd. in London, said by e-mail. “Russian sanctions do not seem to be worrying the market for now. The bigger picture is the weak crude oil market in Europe.”

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June 24th, 2014

West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude rose, approaching nine-month highs, as an al-Qaeda offshoot consolidates its control over areas of Iraq, OPEC’s second-largest producer.

Iraqi forces have been battling the Sunni Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant for control of the Baiji refinery north of Baghdad for almost two weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin asked lawmakers in the upper house of parliament to rescind approval they granted to use force in Ukraine. A government report tomorrow is projected to show that U.S. crude supplies fell a fourth week.

“The situations in Iraq and Ukraine continue to support the market,” said Gene McGillian, an analyst and broker at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut. “Things were a little overdone so prices retreated yesterday, but that move’s run its course. We are going to continue to trade near nine-month highs as long as fears about Iraqi supply remain.”

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June 12th, 2014

Crude Oil West Texas Intermediate rose to an eight-month high and Brent surged as violence escalated across northern and central Iraq, increasing the prospect of a return to civil war in OPEC’s second-biggest oil producer.

WTI advanced as much as 2 percent while Brent gained 2.2 percent. Militants linked to al-Qaeda extended control over Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, and moved south toward Baghdad as Oil Minister Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi said U.S. planes may bomb northern Iraq. Iraqi crude production rose 50,000 barrels a day to 3.3 million last month, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

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May 30th, 2014

Crude oil futures headed for the first weekly loss in four weeks as rising inventories signaled ample U.S. supplies. Brent oil slipped as Russia pulled back most of its troops from the border with Ukraine.

WTI fell for a third time this week. Crude stockpiles climbed 1.66 million barrels to 393 million last week, the Energy Information Administration reported yesterday. Russia, the world’s biggest energy exporter, has withdrawn a majority of its military forces from the Ukrainian border, Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said today.

“The builds in crude inventory are weighing on the market,” said Gene McGillian, an analyst and broker at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut. “The market has a hard time attracting fresh buyers with U.S. inventories near record highs. The Russians pulled their troops back and that probably diminished some geopolitical risk.”

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May 22nd, 2014

Crude oil futures dropped from a one-month high as more Americans than projected filed applications for unemployment benefits last week. Brent slid.

WTI fell 0.3 percent after the Labor Department reported jobless claims increased to 326,000 in the week ended May 17, more than the 310,000 median forecast by economists surveyed by Bloomberg. It advanced $1.63 yesterday on a government report that U.S. supplies tumbled as imports dropped. Brent decreased less than WTI on stronger Chinese manufacturing.

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April 25th, 2014

Crude oil futures fell to the lowest level in two weeks, widening the discount to Brent, as U.S. equities slipped and oil stockpiles expanded.

Prices dropped as much as 1.4 percent, following the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) amid disappointing corporate earnings. WTI headed for a weekly decline as inventories reached the highest level since government weekly data started in 1982. Brent fell less than WTI on concern the Ukraine crisis may disrupt global supplies.

“I don’t see anything physical or fundamental that’s bullish for oil,” Kyle Cooper, director of commodities research at IAF Advisors in Houston, said today in a telephone interview. “Equities are falling. The petroleum market is driven by short-term money flows. We probably will test $100.”

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April 14th, 2014

Brent and West Texas Intermediate crudes rose to five-week highs as tension escalated between Ukraine and Russia, the world’s biggest energy exporter. Brent’s premium to WTI widened for the first time in seven days.

Crude oil futures advanced 1.6 percent in London and 0.3 percent in New York. Russia called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council after Ukrainian security forces clashed with pro-Russian gunmen in the eastern town of Slovyansk. European officials weighed expanding sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, where they say the government in Moscow is stoking separatist unrest with the same methods it used to destabilize and annex Crimea.

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April 7th, 2014

Crude Oil Futures – Fewer than three weeks into spring, oil speculators are already thinking about the summer.

Hedge funds and other money managers boosted bullish wagers the most since February, betting that refineries will need to buy more crude to accelerate gasoline output before the peak U.S summer driving season. Fuel supply is already tight, with consumers paying the most at the pump in seven months.

U.S. refineries are processing the most oil since January as plants come out of seasonal maintenance, squeezing crude stockpiles for the first time in 11 weeks. Speculative bets on rising prices for West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark grade, are the highest for this time of year since 2006, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show.

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