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Why The Relationship Between OPEC And Hedge Funds Is On The Verge Of Falling Apart

Following years of acrimony between OPEC and the hedge fund community, which the cartel dismissed simply as “speculators”, things suddenly changed in 2016 when the two groups got so close, there were outright reports of collusion between the two on various occasions. We documented this last month in “Why OPEC Is Colluding With Hedge Funds.” […]

Who Holds The Power In Today’s Oil Market?

Authored by Osama Rizvi via OilPrice.com, Amidst the din of analysts speculating about whether oil prices will rise or fall, observers may well be overlooking some pressing questions about the very nature of the global oil market. The most significant of these questions relates to whether Saudi Arabia is losing its grip on the global […]

US Oil Rig Count Surges To 2-Year High – Will Shake Kill The Oil Rally Again?

For the 14th straight week, US oil rig counts rose (by 11 to 683). This is the highest since April 2015… and leads US crude production to its highest level since Aug 2015.   The question is, as OilPrice.com's Nick Cunningham asks, will Shale kill off the recent oil price rally again? WTI has rallied […]

Traders “Swoop” On Stocks, Oil Rises For 8th Day But Bonds Still Don’t Buy It

S&P futures are unchanged and Asian stocks closed mixed, however European stocks rebounded for first time this week, led by auto stocks after Daimler’s quarterly profit, as a break in alarming political news prompted traders to “swoop” – as Reuters puts it – on equities, cooling a safe-haven rally that saw the yen and gold […]

OPEC’s No.2 Goes Rogue: Plans 600,000 Bpd Oil Output Increase

Authored by Irina Slav via OilPrice.com, Iraq has plans to boost its crude oil production by 600,000 bpd to 5 million bpd by the end of this year, regardless of its participation in OPEC’s production cut deal. Iraq is the cartel’s second-biggest exporter of crude and has been the most disinclined of all parties to […]

Brazil Reports 14.6% Jump In February Oil Output, Exports Almost Double

Authored by Zainab Calcuttawala via OilPrice.com, Brazilian oil output in February was 14.6 percent higher year-over-year, according to the latest data released by ANP, the South American country’s petroleum regulator. February production touched 2.676 million barrels per day, an ANP statement said, adding that natural gas output also rose 9.2 percent compared to the same […]

The Best And Worst Performing Assets Of The First Quarter

Welcome to a new financial quarter. As part of the usual review of last month and Q1 asset performance, it is worth nothing one surprising element of Q1 we showed over the weekend, namely that the VIX index had its lowest average quarter since Q4 2006. According to Jim Reid, who is perplex by this […]

As Quota Compliance Tumbles, Is The End Of OPEC Near?

OPEC’s progress in reducing the oversupply in global oil markets relied on contributions from Nigeria and Libya in March, two countries that are exempt from the group’s deal to rein in production. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped 32.095 million barrels a day, down 200,000 a day from February, according to a Bloomberg News […]

Rig Count Continues To Threaten Oil Price Recovery, Saudis Cut Prices To Asia (Again)

For the 11th week in a row, the number of US oil rigs rose (up 10 to 662 – the highest since September 2015). US Crude production continues to track the lagged rig count, pouring more cold water on OPEC's production cut party. The rig count grows, tracking the lagged oil price in a self-defeating […]

China’s Record Iron Ore Glut: Enough To Build 13,000 Eiffel Towers

Earlier this week we discussed the reason for the recent drop in iron ore prices, which had been attributed to the discovery of massive data fabrication and misrepresentation of commodity production cuts in China (think OPEC), whose biggest steel-producing province was found lying about mandatory output reductions, and instead of curbing was in fact accelerating […]