crude oil futures news

crude oil futures news

December 31st, 2018

Crude futures plunged to fresh 17-month lows Monday amid fears of a sell-off amid the dramatic fall in equity markets, along with a partial US government shutdown. The decline comes despite OPEC ministers reiterating that they are committed to production cuts which kick off in January.
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At 1505 GMT, ICE February Brent crude futures were down 86 cents/b from Friday’s settle at $52.96/b, while the NYMEX February light sweet crude contract was down $1.16 cents/b at $44.43/b.

The steady decline in oil prices over the past few weeks has caused concern to several OPEC ministers, with some reiterating that the group’s production cuts may even be extended from June next year, if needed.

The UAE energy minister Suhail al-Mazrouei told reporters on Sunday that if the OPEC and non-OPEC producers’ plan to take 1.2 million b/d off the market does not work, there is always an option to call an extraordinary meeting.

“If we are required to extend for [another] six months, we will do it … I can assure you an extension will not be a problem,” Mazrouei said.

Petromatrix analyst Olivier Jakob said that despite “repeated comments from OPEC members that they are serious about supply reduction, and that they can consider doing additional cuts if the market balance does not improve,” the market is expected to be locked in a bearish cycle.

Meanwhile on the supply side, Libyan crude production remained down by 400,000 b/d as the country’s largest field Sharara remains shut-in, according to the state-owned National Oil Corporation. This was despite assurances from the country’s UN-backed government that the site would reopen soon.

China released its recent oil data earlier in the day which showed that its overall crude supply in November surged 12% from a year ago to 426.17 million barrels, and rose 6% from October, led by a sharp increase in net crude imports, while domestic crude output was largely rangebound.

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crude oil futures quotes

crude oil futures quotes

November 20th, 2018

Crude oil futures plummeted around 4% on Tuesday, falling deeper into a bear market, as markets became increasingly worried that supply will outstrip waning demand and OPEC reportedly remained undecided on the size of A production cut.

New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude futures slumped $2.36, or 4.13%, at $54.84 a barrel by 11:02 AM ET (16:02 GMT).

Meanwhile, Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., sank $2.62, or 3.92%, to $64.17.

With Tuesday’s decline, U.S. crude hit its lowest level since October 2017 and has fallen nearly 30% from the four-year high reached this year on Oct. 3.

Investors remain concerned that a global economic slowdown will dampen demand even as key producers — mainly the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Russia — continue to ramp up production.

According to the oilfield services firm Baker Hughes, the U.S. rig count rose by 2 to 888 last week, the highest level since March 2015.

The latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed that U.S. crude production hit a record 11.7 million barrels per day (bpd), marking an increase of more than 20% since a year earlier.

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crude oil futures 101

June 12th, 2018

Crude Oil futures prices were slightly higher on Tuesday despite an increase in production from OPEC.

Crude oil futures increased 0.51% to $66.44 a barrel as of 11:13 AM ET (15:13 GMT) after falling to a low of $64.92 earlier in the session. Meanwhile Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., rose 0.05% to $76.50.

Total production of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia countries rose by 35,000 barrels per day (bpd) in May to 31.87 million bpd, according to its monthly report.

However the higher production in Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Iraq was offset by decreased production in Venezuela, Libya and Nigeria, the firm said.

The organization remained cautious however, as there is “pronounced uncertainty” about the oil market outlook for the rest of the year.

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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

November 28th, 2016

Crude oil futures prices jumped in choppy trade on Monday after Iraq’s oil minister said he was “optimistic” that Wednesday’s crunch OPEC meeting will yield an agreement on output cuts.

U.S. crude oil was up 78 cents or 1.78% at $46.88 a barrel at 0931ET, after falling as low as $45.16 earlier.

Global benchmark Brent futures were at $49.08 a barrel, up 81 cents or 1.68%.

Prices jumped after Iraqi oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi said Monday he is “optimistic” that OPEC will reach an agreement that is acceptable to all this week.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is attempting to get its 14 member states, along with non-OPEC member Russia, to implement coordinated production cuts aimed at reducing a global supply glut that has seen oil prices halve in two years.

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crude oil futures news

crude oil futures news

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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crude oil market

April 8th, 2016

Crude oil prices rebounded in Asia on Friday from a sharp overnight selloff on growing supply as investors look ahead to U.S. rig count data from Baker Hughes.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, WTI crude for May delivery jumped 2.07% to $38.03 a barrel. Brent crude climbed 1.57% to $40.05 a barrel.

Overnight, crude futures fell sharply on Thursday, erasing some of their massive gains from the previous session, as energy traders reacted to reports of a considerable inventory build at the Cushing Oil Hub and an unexpected increase among exports in Iraq.

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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

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

crude oil futures news

December 10th, 2015

Crude oil futures fell to fresh seven-year lows on Thursday, after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said it pumped the most crude in more than three years last month, adding to concerns over a glut in global supplies.

In its December monthly report released earlier in the day, OPEC said crude production rose by 230,100 barrels a day in November to 31.695 million, the most since April 2012, as the cartel pressed on with a strategy to protect market share and pressure competing producers.

Non-OPEC supply will fall by 380,000 barrels a day next year to 57.14 million, with an expected contraction in the U.S. accounting for roughly half the drop, the organization said.

Oil futures are down more than 11% since OPEC failed to agree on output targets last week. As a result, crude prices are expected to remain stubbornly low amid a glut of oversupply on global energy markets.

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