Archive for May, 2016

Urals Drop in Price But Strong in Crude Oil Fight for Europe

Monday, May 30th, 2016

An increasing flow of Middle East crude to Europe has forced Russia’s Urals to fight for its place on the market. The Russian grade has dropped in price but managed to preserve its position in the region as one of the most popular.

Urals differentials have been surprisingly stable since the end of 2015, despite negative events, such as seasonal refinery turnarounds, resumed loadings from Iran and the start of Arabian and Iraqi supplies to northwest Europe, which would be expected to affect prices.

(more…)

Iran Won’t Freeze Oil Output Ahead of OPEC Meeting

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Iran, which is due to meet with OPEC partners on June 2, has no plan to join any freeze in crude output as the country won’t be done ramping up oil exports to pre-sanctions levels before the second half of the year, the head of the state oil company said.

The Persian Gulf state’s oil exports will likely surpass 2.2 million barrels a day by the middle of the summer, Rokneddin Javadi, managing director of National Iranian Oil Co., told Mehr news agency.

Iran last exported at this level before sanctions were imposed on the country for its nuclear program more than four years ago.

Sanctions were eased in January, and Iranian officials said they won’t discuss any output freeze or cut before reaching pre-sanctions levels.

(more…)

Goldman Surprised by Sudden Oil-Market Turn

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The global oil market has flipped to a deficit sooner than Goldman Sachs Group Inc. had expected.

A decline in production driven by unexpected supply disruptions, as well as sustained demand have led to a “sudden halt” to the market surplus, Goldman wrote in a report dated May 15.

The bank’s report, written by analysts including Damien Courvalin and Jeffrey Currie, prompted Goldman to raise its U.S. crude price forecast to $50 a barrel for the second half of 2016 from a $45 estimate in March.

(more…)

Oil Isn’t the Only Commodity Threatened by Rise of Electric Cars

Monday, May 9th, 2016

The rise of electric cars and fall of diesel technology threatens an industry from South Africa to Siberia.

The bold plan by Tesla owner Elon Musk to produce 500,000 electric cars every year starting in 2018, promise to disrupt yet another market – platinum.

But it’s not just Tesla. More or less every car manufacturer is rushing to introduce electric cars to end use of petrol and diesel.

(more…)

Gold Keeps Shining in the Best Rally in Two Months

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Nothing seems to be slowing down the gold market, even when speculators take a step back.

Bullion has been on a tear, with futures last week posting the biggest advance in two months. Hedge funds missed the party, reducing their wagers on a rally by the most since they turned bullish in January.

(more…)