This week started with the talk of the United States banning Russian oil exports, so XBR/USD saw $130 a barrel. Then the ban became reality. What does it really mean for the market?
Crude drops on failed North Korean missile test
On Monday, crude sagged in quiet trading after the three-day Easter break, following signs that the United States keeps adding output, thus undermining OPEC efforts to back prices, and as the financial markets reacted to North Korea's failed missile launch on Sunday.
Benchmark Brent crude futures slumped 49 cents, being worth $55.40.
American West Texas Intermediate crude futures declined 47 cents, hitting $52.71 a barrel. On Thursday, they rallied 7 cents, being worth $53.18.
The previous week both benchmarks soared for a third consecutive week, with Brent inching up 1.2% for the four days before the Good Friday holiday and WTI gaining 1.8%.
This week the financial market was subdued to start with key trading center London unavailable for a holiday. Financial markets keep digesting geopolitical tensions over North Korea, after its recent attempted launch of a ballistic missile. The projectile exploded nearly immediately.
US Energy Information Administration will reveal Crude oil inventories on February 9, 17:30 GMT+2.
On Wednesday, February 2, during the day, members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) will discuss a range of issues regarding energy markets and, most importantly, agree on how much oil they will produce.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the updated Unemployment Rate and Employment Change data on Thursday, May 19, at 04:30 MT.
The UK Office for National Statistics will publish Consumer Price Index (CPI) data on Wednesday, May 18, at 09:00 MT.
The US Census Bureau will announce Core Retail Sales and Retail Sales on Tuesday, May 17 at 15:30 MT.