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WTI Shrugs Despite Huge Crude Draw

A v-shaped recovery in WTI/RBOB today (amid a dollar reversal at the EU close and chatter about a big crude draw) led prices higher into the API print (but after last week's 100% incorrect API vs DOE reversal, who knows what it means). And the rumors were true – a huge crude draw (biggest in […]

Maduro Visits Putin, Proposes Global Oil Trade In Rubles, Yuan

Three weeks after the US imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to cripple its economy and choke the Maduro regime, which in turn prompted Caracas to announce it would no longer receive or send payments in dollars, and that those who wished to trade Venezuelan crude would have to do so in Chinese […]

De-Dollarization Accelerates: China Readies Yuan-Priced Crude Oil Benchmark Backed By Gold

Authored by Tsvetana Paraskova via OilPrice.com, The world’s top oil importer, China, is preparing to launch a crude oil futures contract denominated in Chinese yuan and convertible into gold, potentially creating the most important Asian oil benchmark and allowing oil exporters to bypass U.S.-dollar denominated benchmarks by trading in yuan, Nikkei Asian Review reports. The […]

WHaT Do You CaLL ONe UBeR F**CKiNG TRaIN WReCK?

  How do you define big fucking train wreck? Oh Dear!: https://www.axios.com/benchmark-capital-sues-travis-kalanick-for-fraud-2… Oh My!: https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/11/uber-board-benchmark-lawsuit/ Heaven’s To Betsy’s!: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/13/uber-sex-scandal-police-accus… Holy Shit!: http://www.

2016’s Worst-Performing Stock Market Is Exploding Higher

In 2016, the world's worst-performing stock market (in dollars) was Nigeria.   2017 is a very different picture for the African nation… Having politely refused OPEC's demands to cut crude production, Nigerian stocks have rallied for 16 successive days, a feat last accomplished in 2001… As Bloomberg notes, the benchmark index is up almost 50 […]

Barclays Exit Of Energy Business Triggers Surge In Oil Options Trades

Several hours before the US stock market opened on Monday, the commodity world was shaken by an unexpected surge in crude options trades, with traders noting that “someone is either moving positions, blown up or getting out of commodities. MASSIVE amount of blocks going through in crude options.“ Someone is either moving positions, blown up […]

WTI/RBOB Jump On Gaosline Draw As US Crude Production Tumbles Most Since August

Last night's unexpected API builds kneejerked prices lower but a weaker dollar helped levitate WTI/RBOB into the DOE print. While tropical depression Cindy may have affected the data, DOE reports a small build in crude (expectations for a draw) but all eyes were on gasoline which drew 894k, well below API's build levels and expectation […]

The 5 Possible Outcomes Of The OPEC Meeting

Authored by Nick Cunningham via OilPrice.com, The highly-anticipated OPEC meeting is taking place this week, but unlike the last few meetings, the hype and excitement is much less palpable. That is largely because the end result is thought to be a foregone conclusion. Last week, Saudi Arabia and Russia telegraphed the events of the May […]

Oil Fireworks Unsettle Global Markets Ahead Of Payrolls Report

With all eyes on crude, following last night’s mini flash crash which sent WTI lower by 3% from just above $45 to under $43 in under 10 minutes, equity markets, generally quiet overnight, have taken on a secondary importance ahead of today’s key risk event, the April payrolls report (full preview here). In global equities, […]

The Vancouver Housing Bubble Is Back, And It’s (Almost) Bigger Than Ever

For a while it seemed that the Vancouver housing bubble, the direct result of a relentless tidal wave of Chinese “hot money”, had burst after last August the British Columbia province implemented a 15% property tax to stem the inflow of offshore funds. And indeed, in the immediate months that followed, Vancouver’s housing priced tumbled […]