OPEC comments unleash pent-up demand in oil overnight with WTI the main beneficiary.
Crude oil prices shot higher overnight, with WTI gaining a spectacular 2.80% and Brent a more modest, but still respectable, 1.55%. The gains left WTI comfortably above $50 a barrel closing at $50.80 in New York, while Brent regained the $56 level to close at $56.70. With the first of the crude inventory reports due tonight in the U.S. from the American Petroleum Institute (API) expected to show a resumption of the drawdowns in inventories, both contracts enter the later part of the week in a healthy state and seemingly poised for more gains.
The OPEC secretary general got the ball rolling, suggesting that world growth and Opec/Non-Opec compliance has the world oil markets rebalancing well under way. He also hinted that the grouping would take any means necessary to ensure this continues at the Nov. 30th meeting. A host of trading houses echoed this view, and Saudi Arabia announced better than expected compliance, cutting more than 0.5 million barrels a day in September.
Chatter that shale producers are struggling to raise production and dealing with increased costs probably accounted for the WTI outperformance overnight. A return of U.S. traders from Monday’s national holiday also helped.
Brent spot is unchanged at $56.75 this morning with resistance just above at 57.00 initially. A break opens a test of the double top at 57.40, which, in turn, clears the way for a retest of the 58.50/59.00 resistance zone. Support is at 55.80 and then the 55.00 area.
WTI’s march higher sees it trading at 50.85 in early Asia, its New York high. There is resistance at 51.00 followed by 51.40, which, if broken, clears the way for an advance on last week's high around 52.50. Support comes in at 49.20, the 200-day moving average, and then 48.80, the lows of Monday and Tuesday.
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