crude oil futures 101

crude oil futures 101

November 1st, 2018

Investors are growing increasingly pessimistic about the direction that the oil market is heading in, and their negative outlook is helping to drag down crude oil prices.

Hedge funds and other money managers continue to slash their bullish bets on oil futures, a trend that has led to a dramatic reshuffling in the makeup of investor positioning. For the week ending on October 23, long-to-short bets fell to a 4:1 ratio, a sharp reduction from the nearly 26:1 makeup in July, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The liquidation of bullish bets shows a sharp reversal in market sentiment. Over the summer, sanctions on Iran combined with the temporary outage in Libya led to fears of a supply shortage, pushing investors to stake out ever-increasing volume of bullish bets on crude futures. That sentiment stalled in August as Turkey’s currency crisis exploded, and a range of other emerging markets saw their economies hit the skids.

Bullish sentiment renewed in September as Iran sanctions loomed, and the disruptions to Iran’s oil exports proved to be worse than previously expected. However, a month later, the global economy is showing some worrying signs of a slowdown, while Saudi Arabia has pledged to increase production to cover for any shortfall left over by Iran.

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Crude oil futures quotes

Crude oil futures quotes

May 19th, 2017

Crude oil futures prices climbed to one-month highs on Friday, boosted by hopes major oil producers will decide to extend their current supply cut plan.

U.S. crude futures for June delivery were up 1.22% at $49.95 a barrel, the highest since April 26.

On the ICE Futures Exchange in London, the July Brent contract rallied 1.20% to $53.15 a barrel, the highest since April 20.

Crude prices remained supported after Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed earlier in the week to extend oil output cuts for a further nine months until March 2018.

However, the 12 remaining OPEC members and other producers participating in the cuts have to agree to the extension during a meeting on May 25.

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crude oil futures quotes

crude oil futures quotes

February 2nd, 2017

Crude oil futures were higher during North American morning hours on Thursday, hitting the strongest level in about a month as traders cheered signs that global supply was beginning to tighten in wake of a planned agreement by major crude producers to cut output.

Crude oil for March delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose to a daily peak of $54.34 a barrel, the most since January 3.

It was last at $54.10 by 9:50AM ET (14:50GMT), up 21 cents, or about 0.4%, after jumping $1.07, or around 2%, a day earlier.

Elsewhere, Brent oil for April delivery on the ICE Futures Exchange in London added 29 cents, or 0.5%, to $57.09 a barrel. Futures touched $57.45 earlier, a level not seen since January 6.

On Tuesday, London-traded Brent rallied $1.22, or 2.2%, after data showed that Russian oil output shrank by 100,000 barrel per day in January, adding to signs that major oil producers are sticking to their pledge to cut back output.

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crude oil futures 101

crude oil futures 101

March 8th, 2016

Crude oil futures rose to fresh three-month highs in North American trade on Tuesday, reversing earlier losses as investors shifted their focus back towards ongoing talk of a potential output freeze by major producers.

On the ICE Futures Exchange in London, Brent oil for May delivery rose 34 cents, or 0.83%, to trade at $41.18 a barrel by 13:35GMT, or 8:35AM ET, after climbing to an intraday peak of $41.46, the most since December 9.

A day earlier, London-traded Brent futures soared $2.12, or 5.48%, as continued hopes major oil producers will discuss a potential output freeze lifted prices.

On Monday, South American producers said they would meet to talk about action to support prices. Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Guillaume Long, said his government will host a meeting in Quito on Friday with Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico “to reach consensus over oil, especially prices.”

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crude oil futures news

February 11th, 2016

Crude oil futures gained further in Asia on Friday spurred by what appear to be a renewed effort by major producers to coordinate a cut in global output.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, WTI crude for March delivery soared 5.59% to $27.67 a barrel. Brent rose 5.56% to $31.73 a barrel.

Minutes after the U.S. close, Dow Jones reported that OPEC members are preparing to cooperate on potential production cuts according to UAE’s energy minister. The comments boosted prices for both benchmarks.

Before the market-moving comments, U.S. crude fell to its lowest level since May, 2003, as investors reacted to significant increases in OPEC production last month. In January, the 13-member cartel ramped up production by 131,000 bpd to 32.33 million bpd, bolstered by increases from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Nigeria. Saudi Arabia, the world’s top exporter, rose output by 44,000 bpd in January to 10.091 bpd, near all-time record highs.

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crude oil futures news

July 13th, 2015

Crude oil futures were lower on Monday, as traders awaited developments surrounding nuclear talks between the West and Iran, while concerns over a global supply glut weighed.

On the ICE Futures Exchange in London, Brent oil for September delivery shed 76 cents, or 1.28%, to trade at $58.25 a barrel during U.S. morning hours, trimming losses after hitting a session low of $57.18.

Elsewhere, on the New York Mercantile Exchange, crude oil for August delivery fell to an intraday low of $51.28 a barrel, before recovering to trade at $52.33 a barrel, down 41 cents, or 0.78%.

The spread between the Brent and the WTI crude contracts stood at $5.92 a barrel, compared to $6.26 by close of trade on Friday.

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crude oil futures news

crude oil futures news

March 25th, 2015

Crude oil futures advanced to a two-week high as the shrinking size of U.S. crude production gains and a falling dollar outweighed rising supply.

U.S. crude production rose 3,000 barrels a day to 9.42 million in the seven days ended March 20, the Energy Information Administration said. The smallest increase since January left output at the highest level in more than three decades. Prices retreated initially as the report showed that crude supplies increased 8.17 million barrels to 466.7 million last week, the most in records compiled since August 1982.

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crude oil futures news

crude oil futures news

December 17th, 2014

Crude oil futures rebounded on speculation that a slide in prices to a five-year low was excessive.

Brent, the benchmark for half the world’s oil, gained as much as 1.2 percent after closing at the lowest level since May 2009 yesterday. West Texas Intermediate crude also gained. Prices slipped earlier after Russia reiterated it will keep production steady and the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a supply increase at Cushing, Oklahoma.

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crude oil futures prices

crude oil futures prices

November 28th, 2014

Crude oil Brent steadied after OPEC triggered the biggest one-day plunge in three years yesterday by failing to cut its output in response to a glut. Oil in New York headed for its biggest weekly drop since 2011.

Crude oil futures rose 0.6 percent in London, having declined 9.1 percent this week. OPEC will maintain its collective output target at 30 million barrels a day, Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi said after discussions in Vienna yesterday. The group’s policy will ensure a crash in the U.S. shale industry, predicted Leonid Fedun, the vice president of Russia’s OAO Lukoil.

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Crude oil futures quotes

Crude oil futures quotes

November 20th, 2014

Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude swung between gains and losses as investors weighed the potential outcomes next week of the OPEC meeting and Iran nuclear talks in Vienna.

Futures rose as much as 0.9 percent in London, reversing an earlier decline. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will today join envoys from six world powers and Iranian counterparts for intensive talks on the country’s nuclear program. Iran won’t cut its oil output by a single barrel and will discuss market share with Saudi Arabia in Vienna next week, said the country’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.

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