Did OPEC Bite Off More Than It Can Chew?

In our previous article (Crisis of Capitalism? Two Missing “Black Swan” Events), we envisioned that the combined weak western and global economies coupled with the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and, then crowned by the Saudi/Russian/UAE flooding of the oil market to crash prices and drive out the US Shale oil producers, could devastate the US and global economies. We Continue reading “Did OPEC Bite Off More Than It Can Chew?”

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OPEC’s Current Dilemma

As the US second and tougher sanctions on Iran approach (Nov 4th), many countries have begun to reduce their purchases of Iranian oil and its exports have already dropped one million barrels a day (from a high of 2.7 Million bpd to 1.7 Mill bpd in August 2018). Continue reading “OPEC’s Current Dilemma”

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Iraq Demonstrations Impact Oil Production

COMMENTS: The many years of external and internal conflict in Iraq has resulted in impoverishment of the masses. Now, Basrah, the center of southern oil production is in turmoil as riots are spreading demanding jobs in the oil producing sector. So far one demonstrator has been shot by Continue reading “Iraq Demonstrations Impact Oil Production”

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OIL PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS ARE THE FINAL LOSERS

Oil prices have risen rapidly this year and are expected, by some, to head higher – possibly towards US$ 100 per barrel. This is alarming to many, who consider such a rise as devastating to the economic growth prospects of many countries. Hence, the panic and scramble to do something, regardless of how effective it would be. Continue reading “OIL PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS ARE THE FINAL LOSERS”

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HAVE OIL PRICES TURNED DOWN?

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HAVE OIL PRICES TURNED DOWN?

MARSAL COMMENTS: Last week was horrible for oil. Prices fell approx. 8% with WTI breaking below US$ 50 and Brent below US$ 53. Speculators seem to have become pessimistic and liquidated their long positions. Will they now turn bearish and short oil? Continue reading “HAVE OIL PRICES TURNED DOWN?”

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The Oil Wolves are at the Gates

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Before the ink was dry on the OPEC production accord, the Shale oil producers pounced on the futures market, selling forward all or a big part of their 2017 and 2018 production. The prices they sold at were above US 55 per barrel, and possibly near $ 60. (Actually, they had started selling Continue reading “The Oil Wolves are at the Gates”

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OIL PRICE – WHERETO?

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OPEC announced on Nov 30, 2016 an agreement to cut its total oil production by 1.2 Million barrels per day to bring it to 32.5 mill b/d, as off Jan 2017. Overnight, Brent oil price spiked by 9% to around US$ 52. The next step is for OPEC to obtain and extra reduction of 600,000 b/d from Non-OPEC producers. Continue reading “OIL PRICE – WHERETO?”

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An Oil Freeze? So What?

An Oil Freeze? So What?

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The oil business was abuzz last week with the rumors of a possible agreement between Russia and Saudi on freezing their production at their present levels. Consequently, prices began to creep upwards, especially after both the Saudi and Russian oil ministers made optimistic noises during the recent G20 meeting. They said that a semi-permanent committee would be established to seek ways of cooperation on oil and indicated indirectly that some sort of freeze would be “good”, and “maybe” likely. That was sufficient to trigger oil traders and turn them bullish – for a while at least before they came back to their senses. Continue reading “An Oil Freeze? So What?”

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