Crude Oil 3December 3rd, 2018

Oil prices jumped by more than 5 percent on Monday after the United States and China agreed to a 90-day truce in a trade dispute, and ahead of a meeting this week of the producer club OPEC that is expected to cut supply.

U.S. light crude oil rose $2.92 a barrel to a high of $53.85, up 5.7 percent. The contract last traded $2.12, or 4.2 percent, higher at $53.05.

Brent crude rose 5.3 percent or $3.14 to a high of $62.60. It was up $2.36, or 4 percent at $61.71 shortly after 9 a.m. ET (1400 GMT).

China and the United States agreed during a weekend meeting in Argentina of the Group of 20 leading economies not to impose additional trade tariffs for at least 90 days while they hold talks to resolve existing disputes.

“From Argentina to Alberta, the oil market news is about supply curtailments,” said Norbert Rücker, head of commodity research at Swiss bank Julius Baer. “A brightening market mood will likely extend today’s price rally in the very near term.”

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November 29th, 2018

Crude oil futures prices underwent a selloff on Thursday with U.S. crude falling below the $50 a barrel level for the first time in more than a year amid persistent concerns about oversupply.

New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 47 cents, or 0.93%, at $49.82 a barrel by 4:45 AM ET (9:45 GMT). That was its lowest level since Oct. 9, 2017.

Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., traded down 74 cents, or 1.25%, to $58.35, after hitting its lowest level since Oct. 24, 2017.

Prices came under renewed selling pressure after data on Wednesday showing that U.S. crude inventories increased again last week, hitting their highest levels in more than a year. In its weekly report, the Energy Information Administration said oil stockpiles increased by 3.57 million barrels to 450 million barrels.

Prices also remained under pressure after Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated that he is comfortable with current levels, casting doubt on OPEC’s ability to move ahead with significant production cuts. Putin said Wednesday that prices of around $60 per barrel were “absolutely fine” as the Russian budget would be balanced at $40.

Saudi Arabia has been pushing OPEC and its non-OPEC allies, led by Russia, to agree to reduce production given the more than 30% decline in prices since last October.

Analysts believe that the group will announce a reduction of 1.1 million barrels per day when they meet in Vienna on Dec. 6-7.

With the U.S. and Saudi Arabia producing at record levels and rising inventories in the U.S., investors have been concerned that OPEC will be unable to counteract increasing supply.

Traders will keep an eye on this weekend’s G20 summit where Putin is expected to meet on the sidelines with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince to discuss plans for output.

“We are now in contact with OPEC and if needed, we will continue this joint work,” Putin said referring to the current agreement to help stabilize markets.

- Investing.com.

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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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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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November 15th, 2016

Oil prices were higher during North America trading on Tuesday, extending overnight gains as market participants continued to weigh prospects of a coordinated production cut among major global oil producers.

Crude oil for December delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange jumped by as much as 3.6% to a session high of $44.95 a barrel.

It was last at $44.57 by 9:10AM ET (14:10GMT), up $1.25, or 2.9%, after sliding to $42.20 the day before, a level not seen since August 11.

Elsewhere, Brent oil for January delivery on the ICE Futures Exchange in London climbed $1.23, or 2.77%, to $45.66 a barrel. It dropped to as low as $43.57 in the prior session, the weakest since August 11.

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June 24th, 2016

Crude oil futures prices slumped by more than 6 percent on Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union, raising fears of a broader economic slowdown that could reduce demand.

Financial markets have been worried for months about what Brexit, or a British exit from the European Union, would mean for Europe’s future, but were clearly not fully factoring in the risk of a leave vote.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who campaigned to remain in the EU, said he would stand down by October.

Brent crude (LCOc1) was down $2.45 at $48.46 a barrel at 1004 GMT. U.S. crude (CLc1) was down $2.39 at $47.72 a barrel.

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May 19th, 2016

Crude oil prices tumbled in North American trade on Thursday, adding to sharp overnight losses, as a surging U.S. dollar and an unexpected rise in U.S. crude inventories triggered selling.

The U.S. dollar surged to seven-week highs in early trade after the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting rekindled expectations for a June interest rate hike.

Dollar-denominated oil futures contracts tend to fall when the dollar rises, as this makes oil more expensive for buyers in other currencies.

Crude oil for June delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange sank $1.03, or 2.14%, to trade at $47.18 a barrel by 13:50GMT, or 9:50AM ET.

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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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August 10th, 2015

Crude oil futures rose from the lowest level in almost five months in New York as Chinese crude imports climbed to a record in July.

China’s crude imports rose to a record on a monthly basis, driven by buying from small private refineries, according to preliminary data from the Beijing-based General Administration of Customs on Saturday. Prices fell to new lows earlier as the number of U.S. rigs seeking oil rose by six to 670, the third weekly gain, figures from Baker Hughes Inc. showed Friday.

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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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