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Watch out for a wild Thursday (and maybe even Wednesday)

The U.S. stock markets are closed on Friday, April 10, for Good Friday. That sets up a short week and a long weekend--which would be likely to produce higher than normal volume and volatility on Thursday anyway as traders and investors bought and sold to position themselves for the uncertainty of three days without being […]

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U.S. markets counting on visit from Goldilocks tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, June 7, brings the May jobs report. Right now economists surveyed by Bloomberg are looking for the economy to add a robust 175,000 jobs with unemployment holding steady at 3.6% (as 49-year low) and average hourly wages growing at a very positive 3.2% annual rate. The prospect of those numbers tomorrow is enough […]

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Trick or Trend: Can you imagine a worse week for oil markets?

Our regular (or occasional or perhaps occasionally regular) Friday series (actually running on Friday this week) Trick or Trend looks at what might (or might not) be emerging investible trends. Exclusively on JAM. This post won't run anywhere else. Ever. This past week was indeed truly terrible for oil. Even with a slight rebound on […]

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Trump administration ends Iran oil waivers scrambling oil markets

The Trump administration has announced that it will not renew waivers that have let some countries buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions. The waivers are set to expire on May 2. In March the countries that loaded the most oil from Iran were China (613,000 barrels a day), South Korea (387,000 barrels a day), […]

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“Show me” oil market still getting no evidence of rebalance of supply/demand

Yesterday the American Petroleum Institute reported a surprise increase in U.S. crude oil inventories with a build of 6.55 million barrels for the week ending January 18. Oil analysts had expected a small draw down in crude oil inventories of 42,000 barrels. Today the U.S. Energy Information Administration confirmed that surprise (if the confirmation of […]

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Oil moves higher today on Hurricane Michael, IEA supply warning

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More trade sanctions today–this time it’s Russia (with big implications for global oil supply)

The United States has imposed new sanctions on Russia as punishment for that country's use of nerve agents in a March 4 attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the United Kingdom. The sanctions are required under the 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act, which mandates punishment of countries […]

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Washington-Iran tweet storm fails to move oil markets

Oil markets have apparently become immune to threats and counter threats from the Trump administration and the regime in Iran. In a Twitter post late Sunday, President Donald Trump wrote, “To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER […]

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The oil price that didn’t bark in the night

Sometimes it's how the market doesn't react that's important. Today the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a surprising build in U.S. crude oil inventories of 5.8 million barrels for the week ended on July 13. This comes after a big drawdown of 12.6 million barrels in the prior week. This news comes as oil prices showed […]

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Aggressive November 4 U.S. deadline on ending Iran oil exports threatens more oil market turmoil

Want to know how high oil can go? So do the oil markets, frankly. West Texas Intermediate closed today at $72.32 a barrel, up another 2.54%. The U.S. crude benchmark stood at $64.19 on June 15. That's a gain of 12.7%. Lurking in the wings is a demand by the Trump administration that all countries […]

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