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Huge Build In Crude Inventories Is A Red Flag For Oil Markets

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December West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures experienced a volatile week, with prices swaying due to geopolitical tensions and shifts in supply and demand metrics. The market started the week strong, driven by concerns of supply disruptions following the terrorist attacks by Hamas on Israel. However, the bullish sentiment quickly faded.

Israel-Hamas Conflict and Oil Supply

Initially, oil prices surged to a weekly high of $85.56 due to fears that the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas could morph into a broader crisis, affecting global oil supplies. But this concern was short-lived. After Saudi Arabia intervened, promising to work with international partners to stabilize the oil market, prices took a downturn.

IEA and EIA Reports Add Uncertainty

On the supply front, contrasting reports from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) left traders in a quandary. The IEA lowered its oil demand growth forecast for 2024, citing harsher global economic conditions and advancements in energy efficiency. The EIA, however, reported that global oil inventories would decrease due to voluntary output cuts from Saudi Arabia and altered production targets among OPEC+ countries.

OPEC’s Role

Adding to the complexities of the market, OPEC and Russia reaffirmed their commitment to coordination for oil market predictability. Russian President Vladimir Putin…





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  • EdBCN Ayers on October 17 2023 said:
    Oil markets are failing to take into account the scale of demand destruction from electrification of transport. People are looking at electric cars and ignoring the biggest impacts: electric buses, bikes and scooters. For about a year now oil prices and demand have been consistently surprising to the down side. And there will be more of this to come.

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