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 prices keep to seven-month minimums
On Tuesday, crude markets stood around seven-month minimums because market participants focused on persistent signs of soaring supply, undermining attempts by OPEC as well as other oil producers to underpin prices.
Brent futures grew 4 cents, hitting $46.95. On Monday, these futures lost 1%, settling at $46.91 a barrel.
It turned to be their lowest outcome since November 29, just the day before the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries along with other crude producers agreed to reduce output for six months from January.
American West Texas Intermediate crude futures decreased 1 cent, being worth $44.19 a barrel. These futures dipped 1.2% in the previous session, settling at $44.20 per barrel, which is the lowest outcome since November 14. On Tuesday, the July contract is going to expire and August will turn to be the front-month.
Since May both benchmarks have slumped 15%, when OPEC, Russia along with other crude producers extended by nine months the output cut by 1.8 million barrels a day.
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 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.
The US PPI will come out on Thursday, May 12, at 15:30 MT time.