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22 March

OPEC arrivals lag to U.S. shores

Crude is heading lower today after a solid build to crude inventories from the weekly EIA inventory report. As U.S. inventories climb to a new record high, crude is having a tough time believing that the market is re-balancing. Hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today:   

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21 March

Saudi flows swing west once more

Crude prices are coming under selling pressure once again, as oversupply concerns dwarf OPEC production cut expectations. As equity markets join oil prices in charging lower, hark, here are six things to consider in oil markets today. 

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17 March

Oil scared stiff

It is quadruple witching day in the markets today, and accordingly, oil prices are scared stiff, hardly budging. Despite it being St. Patrick's Day, prices are struggling to stay in the green, as market participants try to weigh up whether OPEC is going to continue its production cuts (or even implement them in the first place). Hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today:

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16 March

Oil wobbles amid OPEC scrutiny

Oil has got the wobbles after yesterday's rally, giving up gains as the dollar bounces from its lows. As OPEC compliance comes under scrutiny once more, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today. 

 

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Tagged OPEC, OPEC exports, US oil imports, Kashagan 2 Comments
15 March

EIA oil draw due to lower imports

Crude prices are rebounding today, bouncing off the trampoline of price support at $48 for WTI, $50 for Brent. A surprise draw to U.S. crude inventories (not to some) has been behind the rally (see more below), while the monthly IEA report followed in OPEC's footsteps by showing higher Saudi production, and higher OECD petroleum inventories. All that said, hark, here are five things to...

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Tagged Saudi oil exports, refinery runs, OECD oil inventories 2 Comments
15 March

ClipperClip: Snow Excuses

I ventured through New York's snowpiled streets early this morning to appear on the set of CNBC's Squawk Box. It was well worth it, though, to get to chat with Becky Quick about how OPEC has snow no excuses for why production cuts are not showing up in our export data. Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to the clip. 

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14 March

Twists and turns

The double whammy of yesterday's EIA drilling productivity report - showing rampantly rising shale production next month - combined with a bearish OPEC monthly oil market report, has sent oil prices scampering lower, testing key support levels on both Brent and WTI. With more twists and turns in the coming days than the Monaco Grand Prix, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets...

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13 March

Oil steadies the ship

And it's shaping up to be another fun week in the crude complex, with OPEC releasing its monthly oil market report on Tuesday, swiftly followed by the IEA's monthly oil market report the day after. As oil is looking a little steadier after reaching our downside target, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today:

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09 March

ClipperClip: Boiling Kettles

Yesterday evening I appeared on CNBC Asia to discuss the swift and sharp sell-off in oil prices with the mighty Dan Murphy. We also discussed ClipperData's latest white paper about unusual flows, in which we highlight Singapore floating storage as key gauge of market oversupply. Dan subsequently wrote this piece on the topic. 

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08 March

Record US inventories weigh on oil

As U.S. crude inventories jump to a further record high, prices are chugging lower once again. A backdrop of strong economic data is also helping to sweep crude lower, via the broom of a stronger dollar. As focus shifts back onto weaker U.S. fundamentals, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today.  

 

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Matt Smith deciphers and distills what is most relevant across the energy complex into cohesive and pithy knowledge you can use. The belly laugh is a bonus.

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