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?
Oil sags after American crude hits near two-year maximum on pipeline shutdown
On Thursday, crude went down, with American crude drifting away from two-year maximums hit yesterday, although the shutdown of the Keystone pipeline as well as a drawdown in fuel inventories kept driving markets notwithstanding concerns over rising output.
American West Texas Intermediate crude futures hit $57.89 a barrel, sliding 0.2% from their previous settlement, although still close to 2015-maximums of $58.15 a barrel hit on Wednesday.
As for Brent crude futures, they reached $63.14 per barrel losing 0.3%.
Lower supplies into America from the north as well as firm exports from the south will probably back a further reduction in American inventories, as some financial experts state.
In the USA, crude inventories went down 1.9 million barrels by November 17, hitting 457.14 million barrels. Stocks have declined by 15% from their records in March, staying below the previous year’s readings.
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.