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

August 2nd, 2018

Oil prices dropped Thursday, extending losses that came in the wake of fresh U.S. government data showing mounting petroleum stockpiles.

Brent crude LCOV8, -0.35%  , the global benchmark, was down 0.6% at $71.94 a barrel on London’s Intercontinental Exchange. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate futures CLU8, -0.40%  were trading down 0.9% at $67.05 a barrel.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said late Wednesday that U.S. crude oil inventories increased by 3.8 million barrels last week, to stand at 409 million barrels. Traders and analysts surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had predicted an average weekly decline of 2.2 million barrels.

Prices fell to their lowest level in almost six weeks after the data came out Wednesday.

“The build was driven by lower crude oil exports, which fell by 1.37 million barrels a day week-on-week,” according to analysts at ING Bank.

Tamas Varga, an analyst at brokerage PVM Oil Associates, noted that total U.S. commercial oil inventories, including refined products, increased by more than 10 million barrels last week.

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crude oil futures news

November 20th, 2017

Natural gas futures started the week off with sharp losses on Monday, as traders reacted to forecasts calling for less heating demand through the end of this month.

U.S. natural gas futures sank 6.2 cents, or around 2%, to $3.035 per million British thermal units by 9:00AM ET (1400GMT). It reached its worst level since Nov. 3 at $3.026 earlier in the session.

Prices climbed 4.4 cents, or almost 1.5%, on Friday, but still lost about 3.6% for the week.

Gas futures often reach a seasonal low in late October and early November, when mild weather weakens demand, before recovering in the winter, when heating-fuel use peaks.

The heating season from November through March is the peak demand period for U.S. gas consumption.

Meanwhile, market participants looked ahead to this week’s storage data due on Wednesday, which is expected to show a draw in a range between 43 and 53 billion cubic feet (bcf) in the week ended Nov. 17.

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Gold Bears Revived as Rout Resumes

On May 17, 2013, in gold futures trading news report, by Infinity Trading
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gold futures fall

May 17th, 2013

Gold bears are dominant again after prices resumed their slump and billionaire George Soros joined investors selling holdings in exchange-traded products that have retreated to a two-year low.

Seventeen analysts surveyed by Bloomberg expect prices to fall next week, with eight bullish and three neutral, the highest proportion of bears in two weeks. The analysts were divided a week ago after gold rebounded as much as 13 percent from the two-year low of $1,321.95 an ounce on April 16. ETP holdings slid 16 percent to 2,207.1 metric tons this year, the lowest since July 2011, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

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Corn Gains as Persistent Rain

On May 13, 2013, in Corn Futures News Report, by Infinity Trading
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May 13th, 2013

Corn futures climbed on concern that persistent wet weather in parts of the Midwest, the largest growing region in the U.S., raises the risk of the nation missing a record production forecast.

Wet conditions, followed by cold weather over the weekend in the western part of the Midwest, and rainfall last week in the eastern part probably caused delays in field work and sowing, DTN said in a report May 10, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its outlook for the 2013-14 crops. The U.S. is the world’s biggest producer of corn.

“It is too early to become complacent about supplies because exceptional weather-related production risks persist,” Luke Mathews, a commodity strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), wrote in a report today.

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Brent crude oil futures fall

May 9th, 2013

Crude Oil Futures – Brent futures fell for a third session as crude inventories in the U.S. increased. Iraq resumed oil exports via Turkey today after a halt caused by sabotage to a pipeline.

Brent dropped as much as 0.8 percent. Total U.S. crude stockpiles rose by 230,000 barrels, according to the Energy Department. Iraq’s state-run North Oil Co. repaired the pipeline to Turkey following a bombing attack yesterday in the city of Mosul. The weekly U.S. jobless claims will be announced at 8:30 a.m. Washington time and are expected to show an increase to 335,000, according to a Bloomberg survey.

“The market looks to be taking stock, awaiting the next economic data,” said Michael Hewson, a market analyst at CMC Markets Plc in London who expects WTI to peak at $98 this year. “It’s a demand story at the moment as inventories keep rising. We need positive economic news to stop the fall and that could come with the weekly jobless claims.”

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Crude oil futures tumble

May 1st, 2013

Crude Oil Futures – West Texas Intermediate crude tumbled as U.S. inventories reached an 82-year high amid signs of economic slowdown in the U.S. and China.

Futures headed for the biggest loss in almost six months after the Energy Information Administration said stockpiles jumped to 395.3 million barrels in the seven days to April 26, the most since the government began gathering weekly data in 1982. According to monthly data, they were last at this level in 1931. U.S. companies added fewer workers than forecast in April, and China’s manufacturing grew at a weaker pace, separate reports showed.

“WTI, in our view, is prone to some downward pressure,” said Michael Wittner, the head of oil-market research at Societe Generale SA in New York. “The U.S. is very comfortably supplied. The macroeconomic data flow continues to be weak.”

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corn futures reach higher

April 29th, 2013

Corn futures reached a one-week high in Chicago on speculation a government report will show planting slowed in the U.S., while forecasts for cooler weather may further curb sowing. Wheat rose.

Four percent of corn crops in the major U.S. producing states were planted as of April 21, behind the five-year average pace of 16 percent, the Department of Agriculture said April 22. The agency is scheduled to update its weekly crop progress report today. Much of the Midwest, from Missouri to Michigan, had double the normal rainfall in the past two weeks, National Weather Service data show.

The USDA report may “show only minimal seeding activity took place last week, meaning crop concerns will remain heightened,” Luke Mathews, a commodity strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), wrote in a report today. “The outlook for later this week shows cool, wet weather plaguing the U.S. Midwest once again, meaning spring crop development will slip even further behind schedule.”

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Gold Futures Slump

April 16th, 2013

Gold Futures – The selloff in gold that cut futures 13 percent over two days was sparked by investor concern that European governments may have to follow Cyprus in selling part of their holdings, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The slump, which drove prices to their lowest level since January 2011 today, was exacerbated as the metal fell below so- called technical-support levels, analysts including Jeff Currie and Damien Courvalin said in a report dated today, entitled “There Are Weeks When Decades Happen.”

Gold has plunged into a bear market as investors reduced holdings in exchange-traded products amid signs the U.S. economy is recovering, paring haven demand. Goldman said April 10 the turn in the gold cycle was quickening and investors should sell the metal. The drop in the past two days was one of the largest corrections in modern history, according to Deutsche Bank AG.

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