Expect more crude oil price volatility as the global oil market can flip from a global supply surplus to a global supply deficit at the drop of a hat. The market is trying to assess whether more sources of oil will get us to the point where daily global oil production is once again ahead of our daily consumption. So far it has not.
The biggest crude oil draw since 2016 was not enough to stop oil from a major drop in price. A slew of oil supply side stories includes the resumption of Libyan crude exports, an increase in Saudi Arabia crude output, possible waivers on U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil and reports that oil is on the agenda when President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet next month.
The Trump Administration has a knack for cooling down crude oil prices every time they look to be getting out of control. Trade War talk, potential wavers on an Iranian oil embargo, and telling Germany that they are captive to Russia because of the reliance on them for energy supply, not to mention the resumption of some Libyan oil exports cooled off prices as they were boiling over due to rapidly falling U.S. supply.
U.S. benchmarks are extending gains for a fourth consecutive day and the S&P traded to the highest level since March 13th. The overnight high of 2797.75 took out the June 13 high of 2796. What trade war? Of course, at these levels markets are not pricing in the risk of an escalating trade war.
The Energy Report gave an early warning about the state of the crude market we are in now. We warned producers and users of oil, gas and diesel to hedge. Now there are reports of airlines reducing capacity and businesses that are struggling due to higher crude and product costs. The recent oil price strength was born in the price crash in 2015 as it forced companies to cut investment and incorrect assessments about shale oil and the outlook for demand.
The deadline has passed. President Donald Trump fired the trade war shot heard around the world as he suggests the United States is mad as heck and isn’t going to take the record $375 billion trade deficit with China in 2017 anymore. Around $34 billion in tariffs went into effect at midnight with China calling it the start of the largest trade war in history and retaliating by adding $34 billion dollars of its own tariffs.
Hail to the tweet! President Donald Trump is calling out OPEC and telling them now is the time to lower prices. The tweet this time had less of an oil price impact from previous tweets, as many are starting to realize OPEC can’t do much. The President tweeted that “The OPEC Monopoly must remember that gas prices are up & they are doing little to help. If anything, they are driving prices higher as the United States defends many of their members for very little $’s. This must be a two-way street. REDUCE PRICING NOW!”