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Oh, say can you tweet by the dawn’s early light? The global oil markets are still rolling after President Trump twitted that maybe the Saudis had agreed to increase output by as much as 2 million barrels to help replace Iranian supply that the Trump Administration wants to see at zero by early November. The tweet sunk the Brent crude by over 2 dollars a barrel at one point as a surprise increase in OPEC supply would help satisfy a very tight European and Asian market. Yet, an increase in production would erase almost all the worlds spare capacity even though a senior U.S. State Department policy adviser said there is enough spare global oil capacity to make up for lower supply from Iran.
Yet, WTI stayed strong as Canadian supply issues and record U.S. refiner demand is keeping the U.S. market tight for the moment. Yet, the back-end of the WTI curve got hit hard as more OPEC oil could slow record U.S. oil exports that hit over 3 million barrels of oil a day. There is also hope that more pipeline capacity, later in the year, can free up some Permian shale oil that is getting stymied by logistical and constraint issues. The Trump administration will consider requests for waivers from economic sanctions against Iran on a “case-by-case” basis, a senior State Department official said Monday.
There was also some concern with weak manufacturing data out of China as it appears that trade war fears are causing panic in the Chinese sector. Yet, China overnight vowed to bring stability back to the markets and intervened in its currency. That brought the backend of the U.S. WTI curve back up on oil and is causing a fireworks display of market volatility. Add to that Libya’s National Oil Corp. declared force majeure on another two oil ports, removing thousands more barrels from the market.
This comes as U.S. driver’s declare their energy independence and AAA says that about 47 million people are expected to travel by air, rail, or road. Still the gasoline crack fell hard on falling Brent Prices as well as the fact that gas demand may have peaked for the season. Still despite the odds for a correction, there is still significant upside risk. Risk that is becoming more apparent to even those who were very bearish.
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