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Brent Oil Drops Below $50/b For The First Time Since November 2016


Today, on March 22, the price of one barrel of Brent oil dropped below $50 for the first time since November 2016. The thing is that crude oil prices crashed almost instantly after another weekly report indicated an increase in U.S. crude oil inventories, Market Leader reports.

 

 

 

 

 

To be more specific, ICE Futures traded in London dropped in price by 1,01 dollars or 1,98% at a time to drop below the $50/b threshold all the way down to $49,95 per barrel. This is the first time, the price has dropped below this psychological level since November 30, 2016. 

As for WTI futures traded on NYMEX in New York, they dropped in price by 0,95 dollars or 1,97% all the way down to $47,29/b.
 

 

Once again, the price plunged at the same time, shortly after the U.S. Department of Energy reported about a considerable increase in the local crude oil inventories. This was an increase by 5 million barrels. To be more specific, the increase turned out to be almost twice as big as expected by international experts, which is why the market reacted this way. The current U.S. crude oil inventories are estimated at 533,1 million barrels. 

Apparently, the oil price crash also affected the national currencies of the world’s major oil producers. For instance, the Russian ruble devalued against USD by 0,52RUB down to 58,22RUB per 1USD.

 

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American Shale Oil Producers Enjoy OPEC+ Deal Extension

On the last day of November, the OPEC and several non-OPEC oil exporters met in Vienna to discuss the future of the global oil market during the OPEC summit. The summit ended with extending the OPEC+ deal until the end of 2018. Experts say this decision means the OPEC+ participants have lost the long-term oil war with American shale oil companies.

Publication date: 03 December 11:03 PM

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Publication date: 29 November 11:49 AM

U.S. Stats Pushed Oil Prices Higher

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Publication date: 25 November 01:14 AM

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Publication date: 24 November 07:01 AM

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Publication date: 19 November 08:58 AM

What’s the Fair Price of Crude Oil Today?

For many economies out there, especially those dependent on the export of crude oil, oil prices have always been a major indicator to monitor. These days, the international expert community is divided over the future of the global oil market. 

Publication date: 18 November 09:36 AM

Crude Oil Stops Being a Lifeline for the Russian Ruble

 The U.S. Dollar is getting more expensive against the Russian Ruble again as the Russian currency is feeling pressure from the new round of the Western sanctions. Crude oil seems to have stop saving the day for the Russian economy and national currency.

Publication date: 18 November 09:33 AM

Oil Market Shows No Reaction To Optimistic OPEC Report

Oil market showed almost no reaction to the annual OPEC oil report released on November 13th, even though the report happened to be fairly optimistic. In particular, while WTI oil futures for December delivery increased in price by as little as 0,11% up to $56,80/b, Brent oil futures for January delivery lost 0.09% and moved down to $63,46/b.

Publication date: 18 November 09:26 AM

Russia Is Still Dependent On Crude Oil

Is the Russian economy getting rid of its dependency on crude oil? Even though Russian politicians say that’s really the case, famous Russian economist Igor Nikolaev tried to find out the truth backed by figures.

Publication date: 17 November 11:52 AM

High Oil Prices Threaten OPEC+

 Today’s oil prices, which are relatively high, as well as some tensions in Saudi Arabia, may hinder the prolongation of the OPEC+ agreement signed last year, PRIME reports.

Publication date: 17 November 11:49 AM