Crude oil futures quotes

Crude oil futures quotes

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.

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

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

November 14th, 2017

Crude oil futures were under pressure on Tuesday, as market players awaited weekly data from the U.S. on stockpiles of crude and refined products to gauge the strength of demand in the world’s largest energy consumer.

Industry group the American Petroleum Institute is due to release its weekly report at 4:30PM ET (2130GMT), amid forecasts for an oil-stock drop of around 2.8 million barrels.

Market sentiment was dampened after the International Energy Agency cut its global oil-demand forecasts, in contrast to a more bullish outlook from OPEC released a day earlier.

In a monthly report, the Paris-based agency cut its oil demand forecast by 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) for this year and next, to an estimated 1.5 million bpd in 2017 and 1.3 million bpd in 2018.

The IEA said warmer temperatures could cut consumption, while sharply rising production from outside OPEC might mean the global market tilts back into surplus in the first half of 2018.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures shed 24 cents, or about 0.4%, to $56.52 a barrel by 8:40AM ET (1340GMT). It reached its best level since July 2015 at $57.92 last week.

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Crude oil futures quotes

Crude oil futures quotes

November 13th, 2017

OPEC on Monday forecast higher demand for its oil in 2018 and said its production-cutting deal with rival producers was reducing excess oil in storage, pointing to an even tighter global market next year.

In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said the world would need 33.42 million barrels per day (bpd) of OPEC crude next year, up 360,000 bpd from its previous forecast.

The 14-country producer group also said its oil output in October, as assessed by secondary sources, came in below the 2018 demand forecast at 32.59 million bpd, a drop of about 150,000 bpd from September.

The report points to a supply deficit next year if OPEC keeps pumping at October’s rate.

Investing.com.

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crude oil futures news

November 6th, 2017

Crude oil prices remained near two-year highs on Monday, still boosted by expectations that oil producing countries will agree to extend an output cut at their meeting at the end of this month.

The U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude December contract was up20cents or about 0.36% at $55.80a barrel by 09:55 a.m. ET (13:55 GMT),just off a two-year high of $56.24 hit overnight.

Elsewhere, Brent oil for January delivery on the ICE Futures Exchange in London was up 37 cents or about 0.60% at $62.45 a barrel, off a two-year high of $62.87 hit earlier in the day.

Under the original terms of the deal, OPEC and 10 other non-OPEC countries led by Russia agreed to cut production by 1.8 million barrels a day (bpd) for six months. The agreement was extended in May of this year for a period of nine more months until March 2018 in a bid to reduce global oil inventories and support oil prices.

Discussions are continuing in the run-up to the Nov. 30 meeting, which oil ministers from OPEC and the participating non-OPEC countries will attend.

Prices received another boost as a sizable weekly drop in active U.S. oil rigs to the lowest level since May fed expectations for a slowdown in domestic crude output growth.

Oilfield services firm Baker Hughes reported that the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil fell by eight to 729 last week. That was the fourth weekly decline in five.

The weekly rig count is an important barometer for the drilling industry and serves as a proxy for domestic oil production.

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crude oil futures news

May 5th, 2017

Crude oil futures prices fell to five-month lows on Friday on concerns about a persistent glut despite assurances from Saudi Arabia that Russia is ready to join OPEC in extending supply cuts.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures fell more than 3 percent in early trading to less than $44 a barrel, the lowest since Nov 14. It fell 4 percent on Thursday.

Benchmark Brent also fell 3 percent to below $47, its lowest since Nov. 30, which was the date the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) triggered a rally when it said it would cut production in the first half of 2017.

Both benchmarks trimmed losses to trade near Thursday’s close by 1320 GMT after Saudi Arabia’s OPEC Governor Adeeb Al-Aama told Reuters that OPEC and non-OPEC nations were close to agreeing a deal on supply cuts.

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crude oil futures prices

December 8th, 2014

Brent crude slumped to a five-year low amid concern that hedge funds and other money managers bet too much on rising prices. West Texas Intermediate also fell.

Futures dropped as much as 3.3 percent in London and 2.6 percent in New York. Net-long positions on Brent rose to the highest in four months in the week to Dec. 2, according to data from the ICE Futures Europe exchange, while bullish bets on WTI climbed the most in 20 months. Brent declined 9.9 percent in the period while WTI slumped 9.7 percent.

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crude oil futures 101

November 12th, 2014

OPEC said Saudi Arabia led declines in the group’s oil output last month, weeks before its 12 members meet to decide whether to trim a global supply glut that drove crude prices into a bear market.

Saudi Arabia’s production fell 69,900 barrels a day to a seven-month low of 9.603 million, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said in a monthly report. The data are based on estimates from sources including analysts and media organizations. OPEC’s members pumped 30.253 million barrels a day, a decrease of 226,400 barrels, the largest since March. There are signs of global economic recovery, it said.

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February 8th, 2012

Crude oil rose to its highest in a week in New York after a report showed U.S. stockpiles shrank, signaling increased demand in the world’s biggest crude consumer.

West Texas Intermediate futures climbed to $99.65 a barrel, the highest since Jan. 31. Crude inventories fell 4.5 million barrels in the seven days ended Feb. 3, the first drop in three weeks, the American Petroleum Institute said after yesterday’s settlement. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News had forecast today’s Energy Department report would show supplies rose 2.5 million barrels.

“Inventories decreasing are adding to the supply concerns in the market,” said Sintje Boie, an analyst at HSH Nordbank in Hamburg. “Demand is quite strong because of the winter season. There are already supply worries from Iran’s threat to stop exports to Europe.”

Crude for March delivery advanced as much as $1.24, or 1.3 percent, to $99.65 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at $99.28 at 12:50 p.m. London time. Yesterday, it increased $1.50 to $98.41, the highest settlement since Jan. 31. Prices are up 14 percent from a year ago.

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