Crude Oil

New US Shale Play Emerges As Rig Count Rises For 21st Week In A Row

Crude production from the Lower 48 dropped marginally last week, despite rig counts rising for then 21st week in a row (to its highest since April 2015). While the Permian has dominated the conversation in recent months, there is a new big US shale play starting to emerge...

Is $50 Oil Still Realistic?

With crude (and gasoline) prices doing nothing but tumble since OPEC announced its 'extension' deal, erasing all the hope-fuelled bounce off cycle lows, the question once again becomes, is $50 oil still realistic?

Gulf States Launch Naval Blockade Of Qatar

In what has emerged as the most significant escalation to result from the Qatar diplomatic crisis - which pits two of OPEC’s largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, against the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas and further disrupts stability in the region -  the biggest Middle East oil and container ports banned all vessels sailing to and from Qatar from using their facilities.

Global Stocks Rise As Oil Rebounds; Yuan Soars

S&P futures are little changed this morning, while Asian shares rise and European stocks (+0.5%) are poised to snap a five-day losing streak amid a broad-based rally. The pound declined as better-than-expected manufacturing data failed to offset political risk before the impending election, while crude oil gained.

Is This The "Mystery" Massive Long Supporting The Oil Market?

"I know this theory is a little out-there. But I look at the recent expansion of crude oil net positioning, and it just doesn’t reflect what I see in the market. China as a big silent buyer is a much more plausible explanation than the fact hedge funds are net long record crude oil because they are so bullish."