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OPEC does nothing and markets seem to be ok with that

OPEC reached an agreement today to cut an additional 500,000 barrels a day from production. In reality that action is close to "no action" since OPEC has been informally making those supply reductions for most of the year thanks to voluntary cuts by Saudi Arabia that have offset over-production by some OPEC and OPEC+ countries. […]

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Oil climbs ahead of December 5 OPEC meeting

Call it very, very cautious optimism. Maybe. Oil prices climbed ahead of the December 5 meeting of OPEC in Vienna. The oil market got a boost from a report today, December 4, from the U.S. Energy Information Administration that showed U.S. crude inventories fell by 4.9 million barrels last week. Absent other news on most […]

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Oil rallies on actual inventory numbers after falling yesterday on projections

The Energy Information Administration reported today that U.S. oil inventories at the Cushing, Oklahoma hub fell by 2.3 million barrels. That was the biggest draw down in inventory at Cushing in three months. Supplies at the Cushing Hub reflect production in the U.S. oil shale basins. Total U.S. crude inventories rose by 1.4 million barrels […]

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Oil prices under pressure as OPEC meeting looms

Oil prices are down significantly today, November 19, on speculation that data to be released tomorrow will show a fourth straight weekly increase in U.S. oil inventories and nervousness about a successful conclusion to U.S.-China Part 1 trade talks. As of 1:30 p.m. New York time U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate was down 2.89% to […]

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OPEC + Russia extend production cuts, oil prices tumble

A day after OPEC agreed on a deal to extend current production cuts until March 2020, Russia and nine other non-OPEC producers agree to a matching nine-month extension of supply cuts. In some oil markets, the news would have sparked a rally in oil prices. Less supply must lead to higher prices, no? But in […]

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Special Report: 10 Best Picks for the Last Six Months of 2019

This isn't  time for investing as usual. As whacky as the first half of 2019 has been--the Federal Reserve embraces interest rate cuts, the U.S. and China descend further into a trade war, the U.S. economy turns in better than 3% growth but fears for a slowdown in global growth in 2019 and for a U.S. recession in 2020 […]

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OPEC in disarray; oil slips

Oil markets today are asking reasonably if OPEC can't agree on a date for talks on extending production cuts, then what hope is there for an actual agreement to cut oil production? Iran has backed away from its insistence that OPEC meet in June as originally scheduled, but Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has […]

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Oil falls to lowest level in five months; Brent breaks below $60 a barrel

Oil slumped to its lowest in almost five months and international benchmark Brent crude book below $60 a barrel today, June 12. U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate fell 4% today to $51.14 a barrel, threatening the $50 a barrel psychological benchmark. Brent fell 3.89% to $59.87 a barrel. The immediate cause was a climb in […]

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Materials stocks up today even as U.S.-China trade fears linger

I think the strong move in commodities stocks today has more to do with continued weakness in the U.S. dollar than it does with any renewed faith in growth in the global economy. After all the U.S.-China trade war doesn't look any more settled today than it did last week. But the dollar, as measured […]

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Crude rally pauses on higher than expected U.S. inventories, strong dollar, Nigeria production

Oil prices twitched lower on the weekly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showing crude stockpiles growing by 2.8 million barrels last week, well ahead of analyst estimates. Prices didn't slide very far, however, since the market ascribed much of the build to a temporary closure of the Houston Ship Channel and a resulting […]

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