December WTI Crude Oil futures posted a two-sided trade this week as investors reacted to the traditional fundamentals and to the election of Donald Trump as president.
After a one-day reprieve due to a positive reaction to President-elect Donald Trump’s unexpected win in Tuesday’s election, oil prices fell at the end of the week as investors returned their focus to oversupply concerns, and whether OPEC will be able to reach an agreement to curtail production later this month on November 30 in Vienna.
At this time, it’s all about supply. Earlier in the week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a 2.4 million-barrel build in domestic crude inventories to 485 million barrels the week-ending November 4.
OPEC meets in Vienna on November 30 for formal talks on production cuts. It has been trying to come to an agreement with non-member, including Russia, but doubts continue to linger over whether they can come to an agreement.
The tone of the market is still negative and the price action suggests a sideways to lower trend is likely until the OPEC meeting at the end of the month. Conditions could change drastically if there is any hint of a deal in the works to curtail production. Oversold technical conditions may also trigger near-term short-covering rallies.
On the negative front, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said this week the global market will remain in surplus unless OPEC can reach an agreement at its November 30 meeting. “If the supply persists in 2017, there must be some risk of prices falling back,” the IEA said in its monthly report.
Although doubt persists that anything will be done to cut output, there is still some hope. Late this week, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said he saw higher chances of reaching a deal than before, and that global crude output could be frozen at November levels if an agreement is reached.
As far as the long-term is concerned, investors are still digesting the impact of the election of Trump, on future prices. Some believe that his anti-trade stance would lead to lower oil demand growth and defer a recovery in oil markets.
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The main trend is down according to the weekly swing chart. The trend turned down last week when the market took out the previous main top at $43.77. If the selling continues then look for the break to extend into the next two main bottoms…