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 keeps to four-week maximum on Saudi promise to tame glut
On Wednesday, crude was mostly intact, keeping to a four-week maximum reached yesterday after top exporter Saudi Arabia told it firmly decided to finally cope with a supply glut.
Brent crude futures gained 8 cents hitting $58.41 a barrel, having soared 1.7% on Tuesday. American West Texas Intermediate crude futures slid 4 cents showing an outcome of $52.43.
On Wednesday, Khalid al-Falih, Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister told that the focus was still actual on cutting crude stocks in industrialized countries to hit their five-year average. He also lifted the prospect of prolonged output restraint as soon as an OPEC-led supply-cutting pact expires.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries along with Russia as well as nine other crude producers, all of them have reduced crude output by nearly 1.8 million barrels a day since January. As a matter of fact, the pact runs to March next year, but the participants are actually considering extending it.
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.