This past month saw not one, but three first-ever happenings in crude oil markets.
Oil is moving to places it never did before. With new alliances between buyers and sellers signaling some critical structural changes afoot in the market.
Changes that could be telling us where the next big oil investing opportunity is going to be.
Below, we look at what's happening and what it means for the oil industry—and for E&P stocks.
First, the strange events.
These oddities began a month ago. When crude from eastern Canada's offshore White Rose oil field was sold to an unusual market.
The shipment marks the first time that Indian oil consumers have imported White Rose cargos.
This unusual sale was soon followed by another. With crude from Colombia sailing across the Atlantic to buyers in Italy. Again, the first time such a shipment has ever occurred.
If market observers needed any confirmation that something strange is happening in crude markets, they got it last week. When a third history-making oil trade took place.
This time it involved crude sailing across the Pacific. A cargo of Cold Lake heavy oil was loaded at Vancouver, western Canada—then shipped to buyers in Singapore. A distant route never before traveled by this blend.
America Disrupts the Market
So, what gives? Why has the oil market's internal guidance suddenly gone wonky?
The answer it appears, is America's surging…