Oil Prices Turn Lower On Surprise US Stockpile Gain; Production Up

02 May, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Rising US rig count knocks oil, but prices remain near 3-year highs

"The price rise is due to growing expectations of new USA sanctions ... which would doubtless reduce the oil supply from Iran", Commerzbank said in a research note, Reuters reported. The S&P Global Platts survey forecast a supply decline of 500,000 barrels for gasoline, while distillates stockpiles were expected to be unchanged.

OPEC and its partners agreed to cut oil output by 1.8 million barrels per day since January previous year, an effort which has recorded a 149 percent success, and has boosted prices to $74 per barrel as at Thursday.

Prices will be pressured by rising USA production as shale drillers try to take advantage of higher prices by ramping up activity.

West Texas Intermediate reversed lower, dropping 0.4% to $67.44 a barrel.

Exxon Mobil (XOM) fell 0.7% in the stock market today.

Brent crude for June settlement, which expires Monday, dropped 74 cents to US$73.90 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange.

Futures in NY are up 3.8 percent this month, even after a 1 percent drop on Monday, following data that showed an increase in USA drilling activity.

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Pressuring the markets early Monday is a rising rig count which could lead to higher USA production.

Oil prices slid more than 1 percent on Tuesday as the dollar remained near a four-month high, but worries that U.S. President Donald Trump will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal underpinned the market.

Trump has until May 12 to decide whether to restore sanctions on Iran that were lifted after the worldwide agreement. Prices are up 5.2% for the month.

"It's only Trump who wants to back out of the deal, but he wants to back out of so many deals ..." Gains were likely limited by this week's higher than expected USA crude oil and gasoline inventories as well as rising US production. The global benchmark crude traded at a US$6.43 premium to June WTI. It also shows that many traders are growing increasingly skeptical about the latest rally - most of the short interest in the sector so far this year occurred in April, according to S3 Partner's findings. The rig fleet has expanded throughout the entire month of April, adding a total 28 units. Only Russia now produces more, at around 11 million bpd.

The price action was choppy this week with both WTI and Brent posting two-sided moves. At the same time, OPEC-led production cuts have continued to tighten global markets, despite record-setting USA crude output.

US crude inventories likely rose by 1.3 million barrels last week, while gasoline and distillate stockpiles fell, a preliminary Reuters poll showed on Monday ahead of data by the Industry group the American Petroleum Institute later in the day.



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