The EU plans to intervene in markets directly to curb rising energy costs, threatening to push the Euro area's economy into a deep recession.
Oil market overview
2019-11-11 • Updated
Oil prices dropped to $51.10 after Baker Hughes total US rig count posted an increase in total rigs and Saudi Arabia Energy minister Al-Falih said the country will no longer tolerate the loss of its market share.
US drillers added 14 oil rigs according to the data we received on March 17, bringing the total count up to 631. Growing US shale production fed concerns that an output cut deal propelled by the OPEC-members and supported by large oil suppliers is having less impact than it was expected.
Another headwind for oil prices was the news that Libya’s National Oil Corporation is going to regain its control over key oil ports (from Reuters report). This should boost the country’s oil export. Libya is not a contracting party of the production cut deal forged in November. So, market analysts believe that higher output in Libya will be an additional drag on the oil futures.
Some analysts, however, expect the oil prices to rise higher as they believe that cuts in OPEC production will start to show up only between the mi-March and mid-April. A sharp reduction of oil imports is expected, it will inevitably lead to impressive crude inventory draws. The mix of falling imports and shrinking stockpiles of oil should send the oil price to the upside.
US oil exports reached a record last week at five million barrels a day, according to Energy Information Administration data…
The past two years have seen the biggest swings in oil prices in 14 years, which have baffled markets, investors, and traders due to geopolitical tensions and the shift towards clean energy.
A comparative examination of the strength of the US-Dollar often gives tangible insight into the direction of Gold (XAUUSD). The chart above indicates the expectation of a bullish price reaction from the demand zone
The US Dollar has been remarkably sluggish for the past few weeks despite being within a distinct Demand zone. My expectation of a springing rebound off the demand zone has not exactly played out yet, however, the zone remains unbroken.
For those who may be unfamiliar with Price Action trading, the horizontal arrows represent areas where the market structure was broken. As you can see in the scenario above, price broke below the previous low at the two marked instances