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12 February

Go East! 

We recently discussed Iraqi flows to the U.S., and how they continue to exhibit strength. Iraqi flows to the U.S. last year averaged just under 600,000 bpd, up a third from 2016's volume. While January deliveries were robust, clambering above 700,000 bpd, they were even more impressive to Asia, rising to a record. 

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06 December

No holiday cheer for US from OPEC

After the dust has settled on last week's OPEC meeting, the cartel's impact on U.S. oil inventories is set to linger on. Stocks are at their lowest level since January 2016, and are down over 80 million barrels from their peak in March - in spite of a 30 million barrel injection from the SPR.

As we head into the holiday season, the U.S. should expect little in the way of holiday cheer from...

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29 November

ClipperClip: All about Saudi

This morning's appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box addressed the impending OPEC meeting, and how Saudi continues to lead the charge in the production cut, and will dictate the shots going forward. Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to part of the clip:

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07 November

Contrasting crude flows from Saudi and Iraq

We've been harping on in recent weeks about how Saudi has been slashing crude flows to North America, but as we can see in  our ClipperData below, it has been cutting flows to other key markets too.
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26 October

Back to the Future

Wowee, 1985 showed a rich vein of form for movies. It was the year that spawned The Goonies, The Breakfast Club,  Spies Like Us, Fletch and Back to the Future. It is Michael J Fox's breakthrough movie as Marty McFly which is particularly appropriate this month, given an event that is unfolding in the oil market which has not occurred in the last 32 years. 

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02 June

Oil roiled

As oil ventures into forty dollardom once more, today's blog takes a peek at a number of supply side influences, from Basrah buoyed to Brazil nuttiness, all via a 'call on shale'. Hark, here are a number of things to consider in oil markets today:   

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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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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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28 March

Rising Iraqi oil exports to the US

Two-hundred and twenty years to the day after the washing machine was patented, oil prices are continuing to spin around support at the $48 level. As buying interest returns today, ahead of the weekly inventory data, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today.  

 

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27 March

OPEC pledge to lower crude exports

Oil prices are subdued to start the week, as the weekend's compliance meeting has done little to allay oversupply fears. As WTI continues to trek on in forty-dollardom, 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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