The oil price looks optimistic. What are the reasons?
Crude inches up as markets consider busy data week
On Monday, oil tacked on in Asia, with market participants paying attention to quite busy week of data points on demand and supply.
American West Texas Intermediate crude futures rallied 0.26% being worth $49.42 a barrel. At the same time Brent futures added 0.20% trading at $55.73 a barrel.
Japanese markets are still unavailable, while China returns from a week-long holiday.
In the week ahead, investors will closely watch fresh weekly data on American stockpiles of crude as well as refined products on Wednesday and Thursday in order to further assess the real impact of recent storm activity was on demand and supply.
The reports emerged one day later than usual because of the Columbus Day holiday in the USA on Monday.
Besides this, crude traders are going to focus on monthly data from the OPEC members and also the International Energy Agency to evaluate global crude supply as well as demand levels.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.