BUBBLE, BUBBLE, OIL AND TROUBLE


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Following the drone strike on Saudi oil fields by Houthis on 14 September, Brent crude spiked some 15 percent to over $66 per barrel, the largest one-day increase ever recorded.

As we go to press on 15 October, Brent crude is around $59 a barrel. With supply continuing to outpace demand and despite having cut oil production 1.02 million barrels a day – blaming trade wars, Brexit, and recession fears – OPEC pledged to further reign in oil production when they next meet on 5 December. 

Because of sanctions Washington imposed on Iran and Venezuela, plus the drone attacks on Saudi oil, the U.S. set a new record the week of 7 October by providing Europe some 1.8 million barrels of oil a day. 

Yet, despite the slowdown in oil demand, shipping costs have reached an 11-year high, a result of American “blacklisting” of Chinese supertank operator, Cosco, accused of illicitly shipping Iranian crude. 

TREND FORECAST: Unless major war breaks out in the Middle East, oil supply will still exceed demand as the global economies continue to retract.

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