China has issued new oil product export quotas to allow oil companies to send surplus barrels overseas, particularly Sinopec, which has the highest volume among quota holders. While the exact quota volume remains undisclosed, oil companies are forecasted to export approximately 3.5 million metric tons of clean oil products in September, a 10% increase from August.
Energy Sector Outperformed the Broader Market
2022-12-16 • Updated
Bloomberg reported that ‘the S&P 500 Energy Index has outperformed the broader S&P 500 by 21 percentage points so far this year, with the top-performing stock, Devon Energy Corp., gaining a whopping 167%’.
Now, energy stocks have outperformed the broader market for the first time since 2016! Moreover, analysts believe that this trend will continue despite the global shift to renewable energy resources.
“There’s a massive appetite to invest in it because it’s just spewing out cash right now,” said Rafi Tahmazian, whose energy producer-focused fund is up 91.2% year to date.
What is the forecast for oil in 2022?
As usually, opinions are divided. Some experts predict that oil prices may experience a correction. WTI oil (XTI/USD) is expected to drop to $66 per barrel by the end of the first half of 2022 and $65 per barrel by the year-end. Still, Tahmazian claimed energy companies could continue to be profitable with lower oil prices.
However, the OPEC+ alliance has upgraded the global oil demand forecast for the first quarter of 2022. The OPEC members believe that the omicron impact will be mild and short-lived. Indeed, the outlook for more robust demand in combination with the current supply limits can keep oil prices afloat.
XBR/USD is moving inside the ascending channel. The key resistance level lies at $80.00. If crude oil manages to break above this level and close there, then oil has all chances to rally further to the October peak at $85.00. Support levels are at the intersection of the 50-week moving average and the lower trend line at $71.50 and $68.00.
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Thanks to the incredible advancements in horizontal drilling and fracking technology, the United States has experienced a mind-blowing shale revolution. They've become the heavyweight champion of crude oil production, leaving Saudi Arabia and Russia in the dust. They even turned the tables and became net exporters of refined petroleum products in 2011.
Oil prices rebounded slightly on Friday but are still expected to show losses for the week due to concerns about slowing growth in the US and China. US crude futures rose 2.7% to $70.41 per barrel, while the Brent contract increased by 2.5% to $74.33 per barrel.
The past several weeks have been a real triumph for the bulls in the oil market. The Brent spot price grew by 8.5% during the last month.
Gold prices are rising for three consecutive days ahead of the Federal Reserve (Fed) interest rate decision, which is expected to remain unchanged due to declining inflation and a positive economic outlook. Investors are keen on the Fed's interest rate guidance, fearing a hawkish stance that could trigger market risk aversion.
Amid concerns of a Chinese economic slowdown, reports of declining investment often overlook China's efficient investment strategy in emerging sectors for long-term growth. China has taken measures to stabilize foreign and private sector investments, like reducing the reserve requirement ratio to boost investor confidence.