Crude oil prices edged up on Friday boosted by stronger than expected U.S. economic data though the longer-term outlook for energy markets remains weak due to a global oil supply glut and uncertainty over economic growth prospects in Asia.
With the markets in whiplash mode, Joe McAlinden, founder of McAlinden Research Partners and former chief global strategist with Morgan Stanley Investment Management, believes volatility is going to stick around for a while, and we might see a correction double of what we've had so far.
Crude oil stabilized on Wednesday after China moved to support the country's economy and stronger than expected U.S. durable goods data was released, but prices stayed near 6-1/2-year lows as a heavy supply glut kept market outlook bearish.
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.
World crude oil demand is expanding at its fastest pace in five years thanks to rebounding economic growth and low prices, but global oversupply will last through 2016, the West's energy watchdog said on Wednesday.