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Oil Prices Get Ready For Another Plunge


Crude oil and the Russian Ruble have found themselves at 3-month lows. There are several reasons for that.  In particular, OPEC is reported to be producing record-high amounts of crude oil despite the recent verbal agreement to cap and even cut their production in the near future.
 

 

 

 

At the same time, the U.S. presidential election 2016 ended up with a big surprise, making Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States of America. Experts say that the new administration may well increase the export of crude oil produced in the USA. All of that is making the global market of crude oil oversold, thereby pushing oil prices lower amid increasing oversupply.
 
On Monday, crude oil spent the trading day trading in the red zone. To be more specific, Brent oil futures for January delivery dropped below $44/b on that day. Apparently, OPEC’s actually oil production increase has been the key bearish driver for oil prices since then. According to several sources, OPEC increased their oil production by as much as 230K barrels a day in October 2016.  The new record is 33,83 million barrels a day. OPEC names slightly lower figures, but the essence is the same.
 
At the same time, the very fact that the global production of crude oil is growing in advance of the forthcoming OPEC summit seems scary to many international observers and market participants. The thing is that in late September, during the unofficial summit in Algeria, OPEC nations agreed to cap the cartel’s oil production to 32,5-33 million barrels. Still, as we can see, the agreement doesn’t seem to be working. Observers start questioning the agreement. They say that the next summit is unlikely to end up with signing the agreement and making it official.

 

 

At the same time, BMI Research analysts also assume that OPEC is unlikely to sing the promised agreement during the forthcoming summit. They say the cartel is not going to do it after Donald Trump’s unexpected victory during the U.S. presidential elections. The thing is, Donald Trump is the advocate and supporter of the U.S. energy independence.
 

 

PIRA Energy Group experts also say that the market doesn’t trust OPEC’s statements about the forthcoming agreement anymore. In October, oil prices used to be around $55/b supported by the promises to cap the production and shrink the oversupply in the global oil market. Hover, now, the prices are well below $45/b for a number of reasons, including those we have just mentioned.

Masterforex-V Academy experts say that if OPEC eventually fails to sing the agreement, oil prices may well crash all the way down to $35/b and below.

 

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is reported to have set a new all-time record. For the first time in its history, the index has exceeded the 22K threshold.

 

 
For those of you who don’t know, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is one of the oldest and most significant indexes indicating the health of the American stock market. It was created by Charles Dow and Edward Jones. In 1889, Mr. Dow founded The Wall Street Journal, one of America’s first business editions. In 1896, The WSJ published the DJIA for the first time when analyzing the current state of the U.S. stock market for the first time. Back then, the DJIA was at 40,94 points, NordFX experts report.
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The OPEC’s average daily level of oil production saw another high in June 2017. To be more specific, they produced 260K barrels a day more than in May 2017. The biggest gainers in term of oil production were Libya and Nigeria. Those are the OPEC members that didn’t sign the so-called Vienna Accord, which is why they are not obliged to freeze their oil production.

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On Monday, June 19, crude oil is getting cheaper worldwide. Experts say that the price drop has to do with the recent report on the amount of oil rigs in the United States. In particular, the report says that the amount of such rigs has grown over the last week.
 

 

Baker Hughes reported on June 16 that 6 new rigs had been activated over the reporting period, thereby setting a new major high – 767 units, which is the biggest amount of functioning oil rigs since April 2015. By the way, the amount of oil rigs has been continuously growing over the last 22 weeks, which is also the new 30-year record.
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Publication date: 01 June 04:09 AM

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