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23 May

Limbering up for OPEC

Last week we discussed how some OPEC producers are exhibiting compliance via lower exports, while others are not. Our export data affirms what others are saying about Iraq: that OPEC's second-largest producer has not been playing ball

Exports out of the south of the country continue to hold up, above 3 million barrels per day, while exports from the north are also consistently holding above...

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19 May

The complexity of OPEC compliance

One of the biggest conundrums of the OPEC / NOPEC production cut from a ClipperData perspective is that no sooner does a producer appear to be showing compliance via lower exports, lo and behold, volumes rebound.

Some producers have been fairly consistent in their discipline, barring a few blips (bravo, Saudi), while others stand on the sidelines, looking in the other direction (here's...

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16 May

Subdued crude amid ample supply

Talk of rebalancing from the IEA and OPEC / NOPEC assurances of an extended production cut have not been enough to encourage the market higher. Even though global crude flows are showing new trends, the key takeaway is that the market appears well-supplied - at least for now. With that in mind, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today: 

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11 May

OPEC's conundrum continues

Oil is rallying for a second consecutive day, with continued positive momentum from yesterday's weekly inventory report, in combination with rising hopes of deeper and/or longer production cut commitments by OPEC. (OPEC cuts are starting to feel like QE at the turn of the decade: omnipresent). Hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today.    

 

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10 May

OPEC exports playing whack-a-mole

After yesterday's monthly EIA report, and tomorrow's monthly OPEC report, the weekly EIA inventory report acts as the filling in this energy data sandwich. While have to wait until next Tuesday (16th) to get the IEA's monthly offering, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today:

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05 May

Saudi exports show April pullback

Crude is rebounding into the weekend after yesterday's solid dose of the WBWs (whoop-bang-wallops, lest we forget). Although prices are now mired below their 200-day moving averages, after dropping ~15 percent from mid-last month, some bargain-hunting has entered into the fray at the end of the week. Hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today:

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05 May

ClipperClip: OPEC disparities

Last night's appearance on CNBC Asia addressed yesterday's rout in the oil market, as well as the disparity between apparent OPEC production levels and its exports. It's always fun to chat with my friend, the mighty Dan Murphy.  Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to the clip:

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02 May

Mexican crude exports head lower

Oil prices are unable to get up off the canvas, as signs of global market rebalancing continue to be errant. With the first weekly EIA report of the month on deck tomorrow, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today: 

 

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01 May

US imports of Middle East crude holding up

Crude prices are heading lower as we jump into the fifth month of the year, amid concerns from a mixed bag of global economic data. As crude continues to hunt for signs of material market tightening, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today.   

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26 April

Strong imports can't stop crude draw

In today's game of rock-paper-scissors from the weekly EIA inventory report, crude inputs were propelled higher (like a rock), blunting the impact of super-strong imports (the scissors). On paper, the crude draw is bullish, but a modest rally is being kept in check somewhat by solid builds to the products. 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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