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Opalesque Futures Briefing » Oil/Energy http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing Futures Briefing Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:09:55 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Iran Could Complicate OPEC Production Freeze Talks Wednesday http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13089 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13089#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:48:54 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13089 Ministers of OPEC are meeting Wednesday in Algeria to informally discuss the possibility of a production freeze that would ease the oversupply of crude oil that has depressed the price of the commodity in recent years.
Iran could complicate matters, iiTrader Director of Managed Futures Oliver Sloup told BloombergTV on “Bloomberg GO” Wednesday. “They are in no rush to cut…

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Oil Speculators Could Be Near A Tipping Point http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12687 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12687#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 00:48:31 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12687 Events over the past few weeks, including the wild fire in Canada, the attacks in Nigeria, and the drought in Venezuela, unexpectedly took around two million barrels of crude production off-line. Prices rose further. I went back to see the COT reports to see what more I could glean from the actions of hedgers and speculators.
Specifically, there are four…

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Credit Suisse: Investors Are More Bearish on Oil Than They Were During the Financial Crisis http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12181 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12181#comments Sun, 13 Dec 2015 23:54:42 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12181 Analysts at Credit Suisse channel Arnold Schwarzenegger in their latest note discussing the state of black gold, entitled: “Oil Be Back.” The seeming dissolution of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries prompted oil to end this week on a poor note, and more negative catalysts proceeded to emerge.
Forecasts of a milder winter, the Venezuelan elections, and the start of…

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Oil surges 5 percent on options expiry; bounce seen fleeting http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11098 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11098#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:41:00 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11098 World oil prices had their biggest surge in two-and-a-half years on Wednesday, rebounding from a nearly six-year low as traders turned away from the bearish pressures of a worldwide glut to cover themselves on expiring options.
“The options expiry is definitely the main reason for the big rally just before the close. A lot of shorts are so deep into their…

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Brent Crude Hits More Than Two-Year Low on Tepid Demand http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10620 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10620#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:34:05 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10620 Global oil prices slumped to the lowest price in more than two years on continued concerns about weak demand. Brent, the global oil benchmark, is down 16% from the 2014 high reached in mid-June. Prices tumbled 3.7% this week, as the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and the International Energy Agency all cut their…

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Speculators boost bullish oil wagers on OPEC output drop http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9984 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9984#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:23:03 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9984 A drop in OPEC production came just as refineries began looking for supply, helping boost bullish speculative bets on crude last week by the most since July.
The group, which pumps about 40 percent of the world’s oil, reduced output to the lowest for March since 2011 as a standoff between the Libyan government and rebels kept exports near the…

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The natural gas futures market http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9631 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9631#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:39:09 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9631 The natural gas futures market essentially involves the purchasing and sale of natural gas within the framework of a contract which lasts between one and 36 months. For example, an individual could purchase natural gas for delivery in six months from the date of a given agreement.
Natural gas futures prices are constantly fluctuating. They are strongly influenced by the weather…

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Fund bullish oil wagers drop as fuel supply gains: Energy http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9602 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9602#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 01:04:51 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9602 Hedge funds became less bullish on crude oil for the first time in six weeks as U.S. inventories of fuel expanded at a time of weakening demand.
Money managers cut net-long positions, or wagers on rising prices, for benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude by 8.6 percent in the week ended Jan. 7, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. It…

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Oil majors step up commodity derivatives market making in Asia as banks cut back http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9598 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9598#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 01:04:06 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9598 Handicapped by tighter regulations, banks have ceded derivative market-making share to oil majors such as BP and Shell. BP, Shell and Total are among the oil majors that have increased their market-making presence in oil and oil product derivatives in Asia as banks have reduced their commodity businesses, according to market players.
Although there are no public figures available on over-the-counter…

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Funds raise brent bullish bets by most in three years http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9566 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9566#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:42:53 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=9566 Hedge funds and other money managers raised bullish bets on Brent crude by the most in almost three years, according to ICE Futures Europe.
Speculative bets that prices will rise, in futures and options combined, outnumbered short positions by 128,941 lots in the week ended Dec. 24, the London-based exchange said today in its weekly Commitments of Traders report. The…

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