Crude oil prices led stocks lower yesterday, but today are rebounding. There’s talk of lower U.S. output, stronger than expected demand in Asia and short covering ahead of the weekly inventory reports.
Crude oil prices are proving to be resilient after wiping out a 2% loss to close over 2% higher. Not even a reported 4.7 million increase in crude supply and reports that President Obama has the votes to overcome a veto on his deal to lift sanction on Iran was not enough to keep this market down.
Canadian natural gas prices have held up so well that the majors are taking strategic positions to prepare for an eventual demand spike. But the paydays could be delayed depending on the outcome of the Canadian federal election on Oct. 19.
Today certainly appears to be a corrective move both domestically and abroad following yesterday`s dramatic near record-setting selloff in the equity index markets. With the Dow down nearly 1200 points at one time and the S&P 500 off nearly 150 points, the market was headed for the single worst day in history before some furious buying staved off that dubious title.
Another 6.2% drop in the Shanghai composite helped drive oil and industrial metals to a six-year low, and only seemed to slow after China pumped 120 billion yuan worth of seven-day reverse repurchase agreements, or reverse repos, which are a short-term loans to commercial lenders in the money market.