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Will OPEC Meet Expectations?

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Friday November 24, 2017

In the latest edition of the Numbers Report, we’ll take a look at some of the most interesting figures put out this week in the energy sector. Each week we’ll dig into some data and provide a bit of explanation on what drives the numbers.

Let’s take a look.

1. U.S. gasoline demand hits seasonal record

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- Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, U.S. drivers filled up their tanks at the fastest rate in history for this time of year.
- Gasoline demand hit 9.6 million barrels per day in the week ending on November 17, a record high.
- Gasoline stocks are down to 210 million barrels, at the lower end of the five-year average range for this time of year.
- Refining runs are elevated, and gasoline production soared for the week. The robust figures could be a one-off anomaly due to the holidays, but demand looks strong, which should help drain crude inventories and boost prices.

2. Oil market in danger of slide if OPEC doesn’t deliver

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- OPEC and Russia have raised expectations about their actions at the upcoming meeting to such a degree that anything short of an extension of the production limits through the end of 2018 will leave the oil market deeply disappointed.
- Adding to the danger is the fact that hedge funds and other money managers have staked out an incredible number of bullish bets on crude, exposing the market to downside risk.
- “Anything…




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