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If you want to profit on oil trading, you've come to the right place. We invite you to examine our daily trading alerts for crude oil traders with additional intra-day alerts that are sent out whenever the situation requires it. As Oil Trading Alerts subscriber you will remain up-to-date at all times - you will receive daily e-mail messages from Sebastien Bischeri with the most important details: latest news, latest price changes, support & resistance levels, buy & sell signals and early heads-up about the potential trading opportunities.

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  • Crude Oil Is Caught Between Recession Fears and Supply Cuts

    July 7, 2022, 9:43 AM

    Oil prices fluctuated on fears of a recession and a contraction in demand. What are the main figures to observe in this critical month?

    Crude oil prices hovered between red and green on Thursday after two days of steep losses this week, still plagued by fears of a global economic recession that could threaten demand but also supply cuts in a tight market.

    New Lockdown and Restrictions for the Chinese Panda

    On the Asian continent, several million people may again suffer from strict restrictions because of China’s “zero-Covid policy” because of this epidemic rebound, which raises fears of the return of restrictions in Shanghai a month after the lifting of a long and grueling lockdown.

    JP Morgan Sees a Stratospheric Rise To $380 Per Barrel of Brent

    In the most pessimistic scenario imagined by JP Morgan, Russia could slash its crude oil production by 5 million barrels per day in retaliation to a price cap being considered by the G7, according to an article published by Reuters on Monday.

    Inflation + Recession = Stagflation? Economic Indicators to Be Followed Next…

    As we have seen volatility increasing, here are the main concerns that the markets will be facing within the next few weeks.

    Technically, if we take the strict definition of recession, the United States has already entered a recession since last week, on the 1st of July, since they have just had two consecutive quarters of negative gross domestic product (GDP).On the other hand, I personally believe that central banks’ tools are indeed very limited given the context of supply-driven inflation. On the European side, the cost of debt for Southern European countries would become unbearable with higher interest rates – which could eventually trigger a fragmentation of the Eurozone, which is why I can understand that Lagarde is not feeling very comfortable in her shoes right now.

    There are some figures to look at this month – as July could be a critical month – so it could shape what the next 6 months are going to be like:

    • Watching earnings estimate costs could give us an indication of the earnings season (15 Jul-31 Aug) for Q2 and, therefore, how badly companies are going to be impacted.
    • Important date: 13 of July – 1:30 PM London Time / 8:30 AM New York Time – US Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for the month of June to be released. Will it be larger than May figures? No doubt, traders will carefully observe whether the peak of inflation is behind, or simply not yet… If it is lower, then there will be sense of relief (a rather positive sentiment), the US Fed then wouldn’t have to hike much. If not, then the volatility would increase on negative sentiment, with another peak on the Volatility (or Fear) Index (VIX) causing a drop for markets (in particular, the stock exchange) much lower, and consequently the Fed would have to hike further, etc.

    Anyway, it is likely that the second half of 2022 will not be bullish, and central banks are not going to come to the rescue of investors with an easing monetary policy anytime soon.

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    Fundamental Analysis

    On Wednesday, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released their weekly oil stock figures.

    U.S. API Weekly Crude Oil Stock

    The weekly commercial crude oil reserves in the United States rose to +3.825M barrels while the forecasted figure was just about -1.100M, according to figures released yesterday by the US American Petroleum Institute (API).

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    US crude inventories have thus increased by over 3.825 million barrels, which firmly shows a slowing demand and could be considered a strong bearish factor for crude oil prices. This figure could also signal a drop in fuel consumption. As a result, demand is now dropping as well despite the ongoing context of energy supply cuts.

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    (Source: Investing.com)

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    WTI Crude Oil (CLQ22) Futures (August contract, daily chart)

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    RBOB Gasoline (RBQ22) Futures (August contract, daily chart)

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    Brent Crude Oil (BRNQ22) Futures (August contract, daily chart) – Represented by its Contract for Difference (CFD) UKOIL

    That’s all, folks. Happy trading!

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  • Crude Oil Sails Between Tight Supply and a Drop in Demand

    July 1, 2022, 9:51 AM

    Crude oil prices ended lower, marking their first monthly decline since November, in a market concerned about the deteriorating health of the economy.

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  • Rebounding Crude Oil Gets Far Away from the Bearish Side

    June 29, 2022, 10:03 AM

    Demand for crude oil is accelerating – a bullish sign for its prices. What may the current energy market environment say about the black gold’s outlook?

    A Chinese Panda’s Appetite

    On the Asian continent, the lifting of health restrictions in China could signal resuming oil demand for the world’s top consumer. Given the context of tight supply, this has partially triggered a rebound in crude while driving prices higher.

    Geopolitical Scene

    The Libyan National Oil Company (NOC) warned that they could declare a state of "force majeure" on the facilities in the Gulf of Sirte – blocked due to the political crisis that has been hitting the country for months.

    In Ecuador as well, the spectre of a halt in oil production is becoming clearer following the blockades and demonstrations initiated by a movement protesting the rise in the cost of living.

    OPEC+ Struggles to Increase Volumes

    The United Arab Emirates assured that they were at maximum capacity, while Saudi Arabia stated it could pump an additional 150,000 barrels per day. It is important to note that these two producing countries are indeed the two OPEC+ members perceived to have the most spare oil production capacity. The 23 members of OPEC+ are just starting a series of two-day e-meetings on Wednesday (they should also meet on Thursday by videoconference) to decide on a new adjustment to their total volume of production of black gold. However, analysts expect the status quo despite numerous calls for action.

    Fed’s Recession Denial?

    The US economy is slowing down, but not to the point of falling into recession, the president of the New York branch of the Federal Reserve (Fed) said to CNBC Tuesday. The mighty Federal Reserve has raised rates three times since March. The latter are now in a range between 1.50% and 1.75% after remaining close to zero during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Fundamental Analysis

    On Tuesday, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released their weekly oil stock figures.

    U.S. API Weekly Crude Oil Stock

    The weekly commercial crude oil reserves in the United States dropped to -3.8M barrels while the forecasted figure was just about -0.110M, according to figures released on Tuesday by the US American Petroleum Institute (API).

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    US crude inventories have thus decreased by over 3.799 million barrels, which firmly shows accelerating demand and could be considered a strong bullish factor for crude oil prices. This figure would indeed signal a rise in fuel consumption. As a result, demand is now holding up well as the peak of the summer driving season approaches with many trips.

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    (Source: Investing.com)

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    WTI Crude Oil (CLQ22) Futures (August contract, daily chart)

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    RBOB Gasoline (RBQ22) Futures (August contract, daily chart)

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    Brent Crude Oil (BRNQ22) Futures (August contract, daily chart) – here it is represented by its Contract for Difference (CFD) UKOIL

    That’s all, folks! Happy trading!

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  • Is Crude Oil About to Pivot into Bearish Territory?

    June 24, 2022, 10:16 AM

    What outcome or outlook for crude oil should we expect when looking at the current (macro-)economic environment?

    Recession Fears

    Oil prices were up slightly during the European session on Friday as fears of insufficient crude oil supply to meet demand during the summer took precedence over those of a recession amid runaway inflation. Markets fear that the slowdown in economic activity will lead to lower global demand. In addition, growth in economic activity in the Eurozone slowed sharply in June – notably in the private sector – to its lowest level in 16 months due to inflation, according to the composite PMI index published on Thursday by S&P Global. It must also be said that comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell have fueled fears of a global slowdown since J. Powell has not ruled out the risk of recession in the United States.

    Indeed, the head of the US Federal Reserve, who was heard Thursday by the Finance Committee of the House of Representatives, repeated that his priority remained the fight against inflation. “We’re going to want to see evidence that it really is coming down before we declare ‘mission accomplished," said Jerome Powell. Finally, whilst addressing an audience’s question as to whether war was responsible for inflation, Powell answered: “No, inflation was high before – certainly before the war in Ukraine broke out.”

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    Here is an interesting article just published on FXStreet that summarizes some of Powell’s remarks in Congressional testimony.

    In addition, according to several media, Joe Biden's proposal to temporarily lift the federal tax on gasoline and diesel did not have sufficient support to be adopted in Congress (a mandatory step).

    Fundamental Analysis

    In a rare occurrence, plagued by technical issues, the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) has announced that it will not release weekly US oil inventory and oil inventory figures this week. So, let’s look at the figures from the American Petroleum Institute.

    U.S. API Weekly Crude Oil Stock

    The weekly commercial crude oil reserves in the United States increased by over 5.607M barrels while the forecasted figure was expected to be in negative territory (-1.433M), according to figures released on Wednesday by the US American Petroleum Institute (API).

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    US crude inventories have increased by over 5.607 million barrels, which firmly confirms slowing demand and could be considered a strong bearish factor for crude oil prices. This figure would indeed signal a drop in Americans' appetite – at least at the current fuel prices – for petroleum products.

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    (Source: Investing.com)

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    WTI Crude Oil (CLQ22) Futures (August contract, daily chart

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    Brent Crude Oil (BRNQ22) Futures (August contract, daily chart) – Here it is represented by its Contract for Difference (CFD) UKOIL

    To conclude, is it even worth pointing out that in the event of a recession, the demand for petroleum products would fall, the current astronomical refinery margins would collapse, and therefore, a key bullish factor for crude oil would certainly vanish?

    Have a nice weekend!

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  • Trade Projections for Brent & WTI: A Sharp Drop Avoided!

    June 22, 2022, 8:53 AM

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