Covid Vaccine News Gives Crude Oil A Boost

November 9, 2020 10:30 AM
New vaccine results are exceeding expectations
Saudi’s warn of the high cost of maintaining oil capacity
Libyan oil production exceeds 1 million barrels per day
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The Cure for Oil

Oil prices rocketed higher after Pfizer and partner BioNTech said that their vaccine against Covid-19 was powerfully effective, exceeding expectations with results that are likely to be met with cautious excitement — and relief — in the face of the global pandemic.

The vaccine is the first to be tested in the United States to generate late-stage data. The companies said an initial analysis of the results showed that individuals who received two vaccine injections three weeks apart experienced more than 90% fewer cases of symptomatic Covid-19 than those who received a placebo. The news changed the fundamentals of oil fretting more Covid-19 shutdowns and now may have to worry about insufficient supply.

This warning comes from the Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz, who says the cost of maintaining oil capacity is high and warns of a possible supply crunch if the current market situation continues. He is warning that future oil supply may not keep up with economic growth and that he sees a potential or a supply capacity crunch and bottlenecks in the midstream sector. His statement is in line with what we have been thinking regarding CAPEX cuts and refinery closures.

Oil is up even as Libyan oil production exceeds 1.0 million barrels of oil per day. Maybe that is because the OPEC cartel is sending signals to adjust output to allow Libya to recover. Now with the possibility of an end game with Covid-19 and a soaring stock market, it’s likely the low is in for oil this year.

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Phil Flynn is a senior energy analyst at The PRICE Futures Group and a Fox Business Network contributor. Phil is one of the world's leading market analysts, providing individual investors, professional traders, and institutions with up-to-the-minute investment and risk management insight into global petroleum, gasoline, and energy markets.