Put a Damper on It
The first Atlantic Hurricane of the season is putting a damper on gasoline (NYMEX:RBN14) demand expectations. Gasoline futures are weighing on the market as Arthur could rain out a big portion of holiday festivities along the East Coast of the country. The market is trying to balance the risks is Iraq against a backdrop of shrinking oil demand expectations for this weekend. The Carolinas may take a glancing hit as the storm moves up along the seaboard.
In Iraq the oil still flows from the south but the fighting intensifies as the Iraqi Parliament dissolves into sectarian discord. The Sunnis and the Kurds quit when Nouri al-Maliki was reaffirmed. Isis is calling for a Holy War and pleading for Muslims all over the world to come and join the fight. Iran says it is offering to supply Iraq with weapons if asked and there are some reports that Iranian fighters have already joined the effort.
The oil also calmed on reports that Libya oil supply might come back online. The International Business Times reported that Libyan rebels are set to reopen terminals at Ras Lanuf and Es Sider. The major oil export hubs have been blockaded by rebel groups seeking greater autonomy from central government for the east of the country. If a deal is reached, Libya's ailing oil industry would receive a major boost as its export capacity would expand by 500,000 barrels a day.