Observing news today one can easily get disappointed. However, things are getting better.
Crude dips, gasoline ascends as markets digest Hurricane Harvey impact
On Monday, crude prices tumbled, while gasoline futures inched up to their highest value since July 2015. It’s because energy markets processed the overall impact of Hurricane Harvey on the American Gulf Coast.
Harvey emerged over the weekend as perhaps the most powerful hurricane to affect Texas in more than 50 years, murdering at least two people, generating large-scale flooding. Another outcome includes the closure of Houston port and also several refineries.
On Monday, the US National Hurricane Center reported that Harvey was drifting away from the coast although it was supposed to head close to the shore through Tuesday. Additionally, floods would spread from Texas, making their way eastward to Louisiana.
Texas happens to be home to approximately 5.6 million barrels of refining capacity per day, while Louisiana boasts up to 3.3 million barrels. More than 2 million barrels a day of refining capacity were assessed to be offline due to the storm.
October delivery West Texas Intermediate crude futures hit $47.37 a barrel, losing 1%. Additionally, October delivery Brent futures went down 12 cents being worth $51.86 a barrel.
XAU/USD reversed down from the $1,700 area and dropped to $1,586 on March 12.
Oil market crashed after OPEC+ didn’t agree on production cuts. What’s next? Let’s see what bank analysts have to say about this.
WTI was at $20 per barrel just in the beginning of the day. Currently - above 25$.
27,000 people became unemployed in private sector
The US Non-farm payrolls, also known as NFP, will be published on April 3, at 15:30 MT time.