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Iran sees oil output up 1 mln bpd after curbs end

Posted on 03 August 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Iran expects to raise oil output by 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) as soon as sanctions are lifted and by a million bpd within months, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in remarks broadcast on Sunday. “We are already doing marketing, and within a day after the lifting of sanctions we will raise (production) by 500,000 barrels per day,” Zanganeh said.
He said Iran’s crude production had fallen about one million bpd from about four million bpd under the sanctions, state television reported. “Within the next few months, we will return to the level of 3.8-3.9 million barrels,” Zanganeh added………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iran warns Opec it plans to recapture market share

Posted on 03 August 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Iran’s oil minister warned fellow Opec members that it aims to recapture market share and plans to step up oil output by 1 million barrels per day “within months” of sanctions being lifted, Iran state news organisations reported.
The Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh was repeating the bullish output assessment he has been making for months. In June, for example, he said that Iran could increase production by 1 million bpd within seven months of sanctions being lifted, bringing it back to its 2011 pre-sanctions level of 3.7 million bpd………………………………………..Full Article: Source

OPEC says oil should not fall further, sees stability in 2016

Posted on 31 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

OPEC expects increasing oil demand to prevent a further fall in prices and sees a more balanced market in 2016, its secretary-general said on Thursday, the latest sign the group is sticking to its policy of defending market share.
Oil has dropped about 15 percent this month and halved in value in the past year but neither OPEC nor Russia, the world’s top producer, have cut output to support prices, hoping cheaper oil will hit U.S. shale and other rival sources. “I would not expect they (prices) are going to fall because demand is growing,” OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri told reporters in Moscow. OPEC pumps around 40 percent of global oil production………………………………………..Full Article: Source

OPEC, Russia: ‘Oil market to stabilize’

Posted on 31 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

OPEC and Russia expressed confidence the global oil market would become more balanced and stable in 2016 after recent sharp drops. At a meeting between OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah El-Badri and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Moscow on Thursday, both sides made clear they didn’t expect oil prices to experience any more sharp falls.
While Badri and Novak insisted talks on possible cuts in oil output were not on the agenda, the OPEC representative reiterated the stance communicated at the cartel’s meeting earlier this year. “We met in December, and we met in June; and we decided to keep out production at 30 million barrels a day. And we’re not ready to reduce our production,” Badri said after the talks in Moscow………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ABN Amro keeps 2015 oil price forecasts, cuts 2016 view

Posted on 31 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ABN Amro kept its 2015 oil price forecasts, but reduced its 2016 prices significantly, citing a worsening oil oversupply situation. The bank maintained its 2015 Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) forecasts of $60 and $55 per barrel, respectively. But it cut 2016 Brent and WTI price forecasts by $10 to $65 and $60 per barrel, respectively.
ABN Amro said it expects a recovery with the market returning to balance with lower oversupply, mainly due to marginally higher demand and a weaker dollar during the course of 2016. “However, the oversupply will remain larger than previously expected as the OPEC produces above its quota, and also the US crude production will remain elevated,” Hans van Cleef, senior energy economist at the bank said in a note Tuesday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil prices sinking - even without Iran

Posted on 31 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices worldwide have been falling for the past year. And the return of oil from Iran - following its landmark nuclear deal - is expected to put further pressure on the prices. DW examines the global oil market.
“A year ago, the price of a barrel of Brent North Sea crude stood at around $110. It is currently hovering at about half that price - around $55,” recalled Alexander von Gersdorff of the Berlin-based Association of the German Petroleum Industry (MWV). The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude has even dipped to below $50 a barrel recently. This slump in prices came even before Iran scaling up its oil exports………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil Market Embraces Lower-for-Longer Price View as Futures Sink

Posted on 31 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The global oil surplus increasingly looks like a problem that’ll take years rather than months to solve — and the market is pricing that in. U.S. crude futures for delivery in five years have broken below levels seen during the financial crisis. With leading OPEC members pumping at a record, supplies from elsewhere holding up and Iran close to reviving exports, the market is signaling the glut will persist.
The global oversupply has already prompted oil companies to warn that the price rout will continue. Royal Dutch Shell Plc said Thursday it’s braced for a “prolonged downturn,” echoing a forecast from BP Plc Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley that prices will stay “lower for longer.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Oil Price Fluctuations at $50-$65 per Barrel ‘Normal’

Posted on 30 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil price fluctuations between $50 and $65 per barrel are normal because the situation on the world market depends on the level of supply and demand, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Wednesday.
“I think that the diapason of fluctuations, of which we spoke about before, from $50 to $65 [per barrel] is a normal and expected process and there are no supra-fluctuations that we see. The global situation on the markets depends on supply and demand and in today’s case, this is how it’s unfolding,” Novak said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Demand not enough to boost oil price

Posted on 30 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Strong global demand for oil is insufficient to offset a robust supply outlook that has driven prices back below US$50 per barrel, and Saudi Arabia no longer appears to have the necessary market clout to change prices.
“This remains a supply-driven market,” said Michael Tran, a New York-based commodity strategist at RBC Capital Markets. “Supply drove us into this low price environment and supply will have to be what ultimately digs us out.” Tran thinks oil could retest the lows from earlier in 2015, but he thinks WTI prices will ultimately average somewhere in the low US$50s for the remainder of the year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Russia has no plans to discuss oil output cuts with OPEC in Moscow

Posted on 30 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Russia has no plans to discuss oil production cuts with OPEC during Secretary-General, Abdullah al-Badri, visit to Moscow on Thursday, Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying.
Novak added that he saw no ‘abnormality’ on the oil markets, calling the oil price of between $50 to $65 per barrel as ‘expected’. OPEC decided to keep oil production unchanged, starting the battle to defend its market share. Russia, the world’s biggest oil producer, also refused to take any actions to support oil prices which more than halved since last year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Understanding the Oil Market’s New Supply Dynamic (Video)

Posted on 30 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Bloomberg’s Vincent Piazza explains the new supply dynamic in the oil market as producers continue increasing output while prices fall. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”.………………………………………Full Article: Source

Oil prices have plunged nearly 20% this month

Posted on 29 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China’s crashing stock market and the meltdown in the metals market may be getting all the attention lately, but crude oil is quietly crumbling once again. Oil has plunged nearly 20% this month alone and it briefly dipped below $47 a barrel on Tuesday. That leaves it flirting with the March lows, which was the weakest price since 2009.
The latest selling has been fueled by the same dynamics that caused oil to tumble from $100 last summer. The American energy revolution has created a massive supply glut and the tepid global economy is depressing demand growth………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil market is in the dreaded ‘double dip’ so brace for more losses to come, warns Bank of America

Posted on 29 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices are experiencing a “double dip” and could extend losses as the supply glut persists for another 18 months, according to Bank of America Corp. Risks to growth in China, the prospect of increased Iranian exports after this month’s nuclear deal and a strengthening dollar “could continue to press oil lower,” the bank said in a note dated July 24. Bank of America cut its third-quarter estimate for Brent to US$50 a barrel from US$54, while West Texas Intermediate was lowered to US$45 from US$50.
Brent and WTI returned to bear markets in the past week after falling 20 per cent from peaks reached in June, as a plunge in China’s stock market sparked concern that oil demand in the world’s second-largest economy will falter. Brent traded close to US$53 a barrel on Tuesday and WTI near US$47………………………………………..Full Article: Source

10 Reasons to Love the Oil Price Drop

Posted on 29 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Don’t let tumbling oil prices darken your outlook on stocks or the economy. Yes, U.S. crude prices have dropped into an official bear market, down around 20% since the beginning of June, which will undoubtedly hurt the oil industry and companies like Exxon Mobil (XOM) and BP (BP).
But there are a number of benefits from the decline. Here are 10 of them: Stocks Tend to Rally After Oil Price Drops. When the price of oil goes down, stocks tend to surge. That’s the conclusion of a study published in The Journal of Financial Economics in 2008 by professors Gerben Driesprong, Ben Jacobsen, and Benjamin Maat. They found that when oil prices moved down one standard deviation (that’s a price movement of about 11%) then stocks would rally by 1% the next month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

End of Commodities Supercycle? (Energy Subset)

Posted on 28 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

About a decade ago, Goldman Sachs’ Arjun Murti suggested an oil “superspike” might send prices to $105 a barrel. There were two primary reactions to this analysis, first, that Goldman was just marketing its commodity indices, and second, that he/they were crazy. The former view probably continues to be held by some, the latter, not so much.
Murti’s later prediction that oil might hit $200 didn’t prove out, but the $105/barrel prognostication certainly held up. What many overlooked at the time of the initial $105/barrel prediction was that it reflected an estimate of how prices might respond to an oil supply disruption. As such, it was much more reasonable than the predictions of peak oilers like Matthew Simmons or T. Boone Pickens, who thought prices were on a permanent upwards trend because of geological scarcity………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil Prices Fall to Four-Month Low Amid Chinese Stocks Rout

Posted on 28 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices fell to a four-month low Monday on concerns about a selloff in Chinese stock markets and increased oil drilling in the U.S. U.S. oil prices have slumped 20% this month as the global glut of oil shows no signs of abating.
Production remains near multidecade highs in the U.S., Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, and analysts say demand could decline in the second half of the year after the busy summer-driving season ends. Light, sweet crude for September delivery settled down 75 cents, or 1.6%, at $47.39 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the lowest settlement since March 20………………………………………..Full Article: Source

As Oil Prices Slide Investors Prepare To Buy

Posted on 28 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past year, you know that the price of crude oil has plummeted. At under $50 per barrel (WTI Crude), gas prices are lower, it’s cheaper to transport goods, and there are a host of other benefits. However, lower oil has also created a few problems. In this article, we’ll explore some of each and discuss a great investment opportunity emerging as a result.
Oil, fossil fuel, crude, whatever moniker you prefer, is highly ingrained in the fabric of our society. Until such time as a less expensive, more efficient, and abundant energy source is identified, oil should continue its dominance………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Which is more likely, $33 or $75 oil?

Posted on 28 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

At a time when stocks are hitting highs, oil prices have been cut in half. Relative to past prices, it is tempting to call oil “cheap” and buy it. Indeed, there are many bullish calls by analysts to do just that. I receive a very large number of emails, and investors are showing a high interest in buying oil ETFs here for the long-term. Let us first try to answer a very simple question, “Will oil go to $33 to $75?”
Based on oil’s current trading pattern, from a medium- to long-term perspective, traditional technical indicators in the categories of momentum, trend, volatility and volume are not only useless, but they are also likely to mislead investors into making wrong decisions………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge funds are most bearish on U.S. oil since 2010: Kemp

Posted on 28 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds are more bearish about the outlook for U.S. oil prices than at any time for almost five years, according to data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Hedge funds and other money managers had a net long position in WTI-linked futures and options equivalent to just 118 million barrels of oil on July 21, down from a recent high of 294 million barrels 11 weeks earlier.
The net position was the smallest since September 2010. Money managers interested in oil have a long bias (there has been no net short since the current time series began in 2006). So the small net long indicates an unusually high level of bearishness among hedge funds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil Bulls Flee at Fastest Pace in Three Years as Glut Expands

Posted on 27 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Speculators’ conviction that oil will rally weakened at the fastest pace in three years, just before futures tumbled into a bear market. The net-long position in West Texas Intermediate contracted 28 percent in the seven days ended July 21, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Long positions dropped to a two-year low while short holdings climbed 25 percent.
Oil traded in New York fell more than 20 percent from its June high, meeting the common definition of a bear market. U.S. output has held near a four-decade high while the largest OPEC members pump at record rates, keeping the market oversupplied. The drop was part of a broader retreat in commodity prices to a 13-year low, driven by concern that slower economic growth in China and a stronger dollar will hurt demand………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil groups have shelved $200bn in new projects as low prices bite

Posted on 27 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The world’s big energy groups have shelved $200bn of spending on new projects in an urgent round of cost-cutting aimed at protecting investors’ dividends as the oil price slumps for a second time this year.
The sell-off in oil has been matched by a broader slump in copper, gold and other raw materials, pushing the Bloomberg commodities index to a six-year low over concerns of weaker Chinese growth and rising supplies across the board………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil Heading for Fall as Diesel’s Engine Sputters

Posted on 27 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If you want to understand why oil is back below $50 a barrel and likely headed much lower once summer ends, start with PetroChina’s stock prices. Mainland-listed shares in China’s national oil champion are up 27% so far this year, while their Hong Kong-listed equivalents are down 9%.
The former have, of course, been juiced by Beijing’s desperate measures to prop up the mainland stock market. The latter are more reflective of what is really happening with oil supply and demand. China is showing signs of strain. While official gross-domestic-product data continue to helpfully meet Beijing’s targets, other numbers—and the stock-market panic— point downward………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Moody’s Says Low Oil Price Here to Stay as Russia Bleeds Capital

Posted on 24 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Low oil prices are just the tip of what ails Russia, according to Moody’s Investors Service. With its dependence on commodities and a slump in investment, Russia will have a hard time recovering from its record economic slump as global oil prices are bound to remain lower for a long time, Yves Lemay, managing director in the sovereign risk group at Moody’s in London, said in an interview on Wednesday.
As much as a quarter of Russia’s gross domestic product and two-thirds of its exports are linked to the energy industry, according to the rating company. “Our assessment is that low oil prices are here to stay,” Lemay said. “Without major investment in the infrastructure, modernizing the equipment, oil production in Russia is unlikely to rise and may slowly decline in the coming years.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Oil Prices Enter Bear Market Amid Global Glut of Crude

Posted on 24 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

U.S. oil prices sank into a bear market Thursday as a global glut of crude shows little sign of abating. Prices had settled below the key $50-a-barrel mark for the first time since early April on Wednesday, and they kept falling for most of Thursday.
An unexpected increase in U.S. crude inventories, announced earlier this week, combined with high production already coming from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, is raising concerns that the market is settling into a long period of oversupply. Light, sweet crude for September delivery settled down 74 cents, or 1.5%, at $48.45 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the lowest settlement since March 31………………………………………..Full Article: Source

In Commodities Meltdown, Gas Is a Fleeting Bright Spot

Posted on 24 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In the meltdown that is the commodities market, natural gas has emerged as a bright spot, barely touched by the turmoil that’s contributed to a global slump. Oil has tumbled 19 percent over the past three months on the Bloomberg Commodity Index, and gold is down 8.6 percent, helping send the gauge to a 13-year low this week. And U.S. natural gas? Up 5.5 percent. That’s because shipments are limited for now to North America, where hot weather has boosted demand for the power-plant fuel.
That all changes when exports, starting as soon as this year, take the gas market global. The fuel has been eating away at coal’s market share at U.S. power plants. Liquefied natural gas exports stand to erode domestic supplies, giving coal a reprieve in the U.S. but thrusting the competition between the two fuels onto an international stage………………………………………..Full Article: Source

What Should the Government Do About Low Oil Prices?

Posted on 24 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices have been down this year. How should policy makers respond? We put this question to a group of energy researchers, professionals, and other experts. They presented a variety of suggestions that run the gamut—from imposing a carbon tax to letting the market run its course.
Their stories are below, in a compilation that relates to a previous Energy Report and formed the basis of a discussion on The Experts blog this spring. The current downturn in the oil and gas business, like the ups and downs of the cycles that came before it, is fundamentally a result of demand and supply………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil Returns to Bear Market as U.S., OPEC Output Prolongs Glut

Posted on 24 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

West Texas Intermediate futures dropped 1.5 percent Thursday to close at $48.45 a barrel. The grade has lost 21 percent in the past six weeks, meeting the common definition of a bear market. The slide in prices has cut the value of the crude futures market in half since 2013, exchange data shows.
Oil’s recovery has sputtered as U.S. oil production withstands lower prices, while OPEC members such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq push output to record levels in a bid to defend their market share. Prices were swept up in a broader selloff in raw materials, which have fallen to a 13-year low as the dollar strengthens and concerns grow over economic growth in China………………………………………..Full Article: Source

World Bank raises oil forecast—but don’t get too hopeful

Posted on 23 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The World Bank has upped its oil price forecast for 2015, but the marginal rebound in the price of Brent crude at the start of the year won’t pull energy prices up to anywhere near 2014 levels, the international body said on Wednesday.
Crude oil is now expected to average $57 per barrel for the year—up from the World’s Bank’s estimate of $53 per barrel back in April. Geopolitical tensions and more closures of high-cost oils rigs could push the forecast even higher, the bank added in its “Commodity Markets Outlook” report………………………………………..Full Article: Source

World Bank projects crude oil to average $57/b in 2015, $61/b in 2016

Posted on 23 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The World Bank on Wednesday revised upward its 2015 crude oil price forecast to $57/barrel from $53/b in April, with demand higher than expected in the second quarter, particularly in the US. However, large inventories and rising output from OPEC “suggest prices will likely remain weak in the medium-term,” John Baffes, the World Bank’s senior economist, said in a statement.
The bank said it expects the price to rise to $61/b in 2016 as supply growth slows. The price projections are included in the organization’s latest quarterly Commodity Markets Outlook………………………………………..Full Article: Source

U.S. Winning Oil War Against Saudi Arabia

Posted on 23 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Last year the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), led by Saudi Arabia, initiated an economic oil war against the United States when it refused to cut production in November of 2014 like it usually does when oil prices drop. This was an attempt to drive some U.S. shale oil producers bankrupt and stem the flow of North American shale oil onto the global market.
In fact, OPEC actually increased oil production in November, which drove oil prices down to nearly $50/bbl, the price at which many shale producers can’t even break-even. But it hasn’t quite worked out the way they wanted………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Credit Suisse Says It May Finally Be Time to Buy Oil and Gas Stocks

Posted on 23 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Even as energy prices fall again,one firm says it might be time to finally buy oil and gas stocks. Stocks of U.S. oil and gas companies have been so battered as commodity prices have fallen that it looks like there is finally an “attractive entry point,” Credit Suisse analysts said in a research note.
The suggestion to buy these stocks came with a caveat though: “We acknowledge we are early.” One key index tracking oil exploration and production stocks — the SIG Oil Exploration & Production Index — fell another 2% Wednesday. The index is down 18% in 2015………………………………………..Full Article: Source

$100 oil price may come back, but not until 2020

Posted on 22 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

An oil forecaster who predicted last year’s calamitous drop in oil says the price of a barrel of crude will get back to the $100 US level — but not for another five years. In an interview with Bloomberg, PIRA Energy Group founder Gary Ross said that while he sees a long-term rebound in oil prices, right now there’s simply too much oil in world markets for prices to return to where they were any time soon.
According to official data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the world pumps out about 95.46 million barrels of oil every day. But demand is only 93.63 million barrels a day — about two million barrels less………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil price struggles to rise above $US50

Posted on 22 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices remained under pressure in Asian trade Tuesday, with US oil prices struggling to move above the $US50 mark amid persistent concerns over a global oil glut. A stronger US dollar is also weighing on oil prices after the ICE US dollar index hit a three-month high on Monday, triggering a selloff across commodities as investors shifted to other asset classes.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in August traded at $US50.00 a barrel at 0304 GMT, down $US0.15 in the Globex electronic session. It lost 1.5 per cent in the previous session, falling to a near four-month low of $US50.15 a barrel. September Brent crude on London’s ICE Futures exchange fell $US0.10 to $US56.55 a barrel………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil rebound? These banks think so

Posted on 21 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices have faced something of a perfect storm over recent week, with the Greece crisis, high Saudi production and an Iran nuclear deal all weighing on the commodity. But despite its recent losing streak – which has seen Brent prices fall close to 10 percent over the past 30 days – a number of banks think oil prices are about to pick up.
Brent was trading around $56 per barrel on Monday morning, while West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was around $50. Although this is well off lows of around $45 and $42 hit earlier this year, it is still around 50 percent lower than in June last year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iran deal to keep crude oil prices in $55-58/bbl range

Posted on 21 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil markets across the world are expected to remain oversupplied through 2015, following the nuclear deal with Iran. With Iran returning to the world’s oil market in some time, Brent crude is expected to settle at $55-58 a barrel. Such a development would continue to support India’s macroeconomic fundamentals, as risks of imported inflation would abate substantially.
Volatile oil prices would have prevented any further rate cuts by the central bank but with Iran signing the deal, the risk abates substantially. Oil analysts believe crude oil prices will come down further in forward markets by $5-10 a barrel, once Iran’s oil hits world markets. Iran is ready to ship 30 million barrels………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil drops near $50; analyst warns of ‘vicious selloff’

Posted on 21 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Concerns that a global glut of supplies will continue to grow prompted another drop in oil futures on Monday to their lowest settlement since early April. The move lower led one analyst to warn that the market may soon experience a “vicious selloff.”
Still, U.S. prices managed to hold above $50 a barrel in the wake of a weekly decline in the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil. West Texas Intermediate August crude fell 74 cents, or 1.5% to settle at $50.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was the lowest settlement for a most-active contract since April 2. The August contract expires Tuesday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil: Some crude numbers

Posted on 21 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Having stabilised during the spring, crude oil is experiencing a summer swoon. The Brent oil benchmark has dropped to the mid-$50s a barrel after averaging about $65/bbl during Q2, while West Texas Intermediate is barely holding $50/bbl, about $10/bbl below its average in the second quarter.
And this sell-off has hit not just the flat price but is extending further out the curve: December 2018 Brent, for example, has dropped below $70/bbl, which is lower than it ever fell during the worst of last year’s crude collapse. The concerns that have driven prices lower are easy to find, but beyond the headlines they are hard to take too seriously. Take demand first………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The return of Iranian oil might cause more tensions in OPEC

Posted on 20 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The return of oil from Iran following the landmark nuclear energy deal with world powers could create fresh tensions within OPEC but may reinforce the cartel’s output strategy, analysts say. Tehran and major powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — clinched a historic agreement in Vienna on Tuesday aimed at ensuring Iran does not obtain a nuclear bomb, and which paves the way for the removal of sanctions and the gradual return of Iranian oil to the global market next year.
The accord puts strict limits on Iran’s nuclear activities for at least a decade. In return, sanctions that have slashed the oil exports of OPEC’s fifth-largest producer will be lifted and billions of dollars in frozen assets unblocked………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Cheap Oil Should Fuel Economy at Last

Posted on 20 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The drop in oil prices was supposed to help the economy, but so far has hurt it instead. Now the benefits should start rolling in. Lower oil prices have proven to be more of a bane than a boon for the U.S. economy. But that is about to change.
When the price of crude started dropping sharply last fall, most economists reckoned it would be a good thing. Sure, U.S. oil production had boomed due to the shale revolution, but the country was (and is) still a net importer of petroleum products. So, the thinking went, the losses from lower investment and lost jobs in the shale basins would be more than offset by the extra money that got spent on American goods and services rather than foreign oil………………………………………..Full Article: Source

History Shows Iran Could Surprise the Oil Market

Posted on 20 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Iran could restore oil production halted by sanctions faster than anyone anticipates if the history of previous shutdowns is any guide. The consensus among analysts and traders is that Tehran needs at least a year after sanctions are lifted to raise output to the level prevailing before restrictions were imposed in 2012.
Similar pessimistic assessments for supply disruptions at OPEC members Libya and Venezuela were confounded by quicker-than-expected recoveries, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Here’s Venezuelan oil production before and after a strike at state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA that started in late 2002:……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Global growth outlook spooks crude oil

Posted on 20 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After threatening to spiral upwards, crude oil prices have started to fall again. After registering a multi-year low at $42 in mid-March this year, WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil prices on the Nymex began to head northwards. In a short span time of seven weeks, the commodity had appreciated 48 per cent to mark a high at $62.5 on May 6.
However, it has since failed to sustain its upward momentum and resumed its decline. Crude oil has now closed on a negative note for the third consecutive week, falling below a key technical support at $54. Financial factors such as the strong appreciation in the US dollar against major currencies, the global commodity rout due to lower Chinese growth, continued benign interest rates in the US and monetary easing in other regions have played a role in the renewed pressure on oil prices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Opec unwilling to flood finely balanced oil market

Posted on 20 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Ample supply and the nuclear deal with Iran have pushed the price of West Texas Intermediate down about US$9 per barrel to just more than $50 since the beginning of this month. But the $30 per barrel levels predicted by some New York analysts are very unlikely to be seen.
The oil sanctions on Iran will not be lifted until the end of the year, only after the International Atomic Energy Agency issues a report in mid-December on Iranian compliance with the agreement reached last week in Vienna. That means it will be 2016 before any of the 0.5 million barrels per day (mbpd) of spare capacity promised by Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh can be added to Opec supply………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Shell forecasts oil price recovery to $90 by 2020

Posted on 17 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant is betting on crude rising to $90 a barrel by 2020, a key assumption in its move to buy rival BG Group for $70bn to help transform it into a leading player in the costly deep water oil production and liquefied natural gas markets. “We are not banking on an oil price recovery overnight. It will take several years but we do believe fundamentals will return,” said Andy Brown, upstream international director at Shell, who oversees oil and gas production outside North America.
“Until such time, we, like other companies, will have to make sure we stay robust,” he added, referring to deep spending cuts taken by oil companies in recent months in the face of a near-halving of oil prices since June last year. A rise in global supplies, mainly due to a sharp increase in output from US shale, has weighed on oil prices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil in Latin America: The good oil boys club

Posted on 17 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Latin America’s oil firms need more foreign capital, but a historic auction in Mexico shows that investors can be hard to attract. It should have been a day of high excitement. A public auction on July 15th marked the end of a 77-year monopoly on oil exploration and production by Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, and ushered in a new era of foreign investment in Mexican oil that until a few years ago was considered unimaginable.
The Mexican government had hoped that its first-ever auction of shallow-water exploration blocks in the Gulf of Mexico would successfully launch the modernisation of its energy industry. In the run-up to the bidding, Mexico had sought to be as accommodating as its historic dislike for foreign oil companies allowed it to be. Juan Carlos Zepeda, head of the National Hydrocarbons Commission, the regulator, had put a premium on transparency, saying there was “zero room” for favouritism………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iran: The oil and gas multibillion-dollar ‘candy store’

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They did not advertise their presence. But in the days and weeks before Tuesday’s nuclear deal between the west and Iran, a steady trickle of visitors from some of the world’s largest energy groups have flown into Tehran. By some accounts, they have done more than exchange business cards.
As one senior western executive puts it, few of the industry’s big players can ignore the “candy store” that is Iran — now preparing to throw open a multibillion-dollar shop window of oil and gas projects. An array of US and EU oil-related sanctions, in place since 2012, has prevented detailed negotiations. But once these are lifted, serious talks about a return to the country will get under way, with the European majors first………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iran Faces Battle to Win Back Asia Oil Market Share

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Iran may be hoping to claim back its share of Asia’s oil market now that the nuclear accord signed this week cleared the way to ramp up exports. But the competition is already getting tougher across the region.
Take India. The country has long been a key market for Iran’s National Iranian Oil Co., or NIOC. But last week, one of NIOC’s biggest customers, Essar Oil signed a 10-year crude purchase agreement with Russia’s largest oil exporter Rosneft, which will also take a 49% stake in the Indian refiner………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Falling Oil Prices Stress Commodity Bearishness

Posted on 16 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

For almost 3 months now, oil prices have moved in a very narrow range. However, this month prices fell 15% in a matter of days, breaking that range and stressing the bearish sentiment among commodity investors. Some analysts point out that the decline was caused by a jump in rigs drilling for oil in the US.
Another factor to watch is the historic Iranian nuclear agreement with the US and five other world powers. This deal might have risen the bearish sentiment as Iranian oil output is expected to increase. Oil from Iran will take time to return, and will not have a market impact before next year, but given that the global petroleum market has an oversupply of about 2.5 million barrels per day, the mere prospect of new oil doesn’t help market sentiment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Positive impact of lower oil price will be delayed due to counter-shocks, says IMF

Posted on 16 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil exporting countries should continue to devise mechanisms to make up for the lost revenue such as increasing value added tax or corporate tax in their economies or to cut down on infrastructure spending which is high in many oil producing countries.
“I think the outlook for the global economy because of lower oil prices is certainly positive,” said Aasim Husain, Deputy Director of the Middle East and Central Asia department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Mr. Husain was responding to questions on an IMF staff paper, “Global Implications of Lower Oil Prices.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

What Iran’s nuclear deal means for the oil price

Posted on 16 July 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices have recovered after initially plunging over the deal reached with Iran’s nuclear program, as analysts ponder the details and the roadblocks that remain in its implementation. Brent crude oil fell from $US58.70 a barrel to $US56.50, as the world pondered a torrent of Iranian oil flooding the market. But by Wednesday, prices were back up at $US58.70.
“The devil is in the detail,” said ANZ senior commodities strategist Daniel Hynes. “Initially the market sold off on it – I think it was down 2 per cent on the original announcement – but prices have recovered somewhat after the details emerged………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iran oil boost on hold to 2016 as nuclear inspectors go to work

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Global oil markets won’t feel the real impact of Iran’s historic deal with world powers until 2016 as sanctions remain in place while nuclear inspectors go to work, said banks including Citigroup Inc., UBS Group AG and Commerzbank AG.
OPEC’s fourth-largest member won’t achieve a crude-export boost of more than 500,000 barrels a day, or about 50 percent, until next year as Iran’s compliance with curbs on its nuclear program is verified, the banks say. The nation will probably choose to gradually increase exports once sanctions are lifted, rather than risk lower prices by rapidly pushing crude into an oversupplied market, according to the International Energy Agency………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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