Last Friday marked the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, China’s most important holiday. The fire rooster struts off-stage, clearing the way for the loyal earth dog.
Now you see it. Now you don’t. Presto, change-o the U.S. oil glut has disappeared. Low crude prices and a booming global economy have caused the biggest oil glut in history to disappear before your very eyes. The American Petroleum Institute reported another massive 5.121 million barrels drop in U.S. crude supply dragging stockpiles back to the lower end of the average range for this time of year.
Brent Crude crashed through $70 a barrel and WTI just shy of $65, shattering another glass ceiling many oil bears said was impossible to ever see. This came as OPEC said it has no intentions to relent on production cuts and overshadowed rising rig counts. Even as the market gets a little turn around Tuesday profit taking, the oil bears are having to throw in the towel.
The outstanding performance for equities which sent many major indices to record highs may have just paused. Asian stocks were trading broadly lower on Thursday after the markets notched its first daily decline in 2018./ It was neither economic data nor earnings that prompted the declines, but rather the selloff in U.S. Treasuries which sent 10-year yields to a 10-month high.
At the time of this writing, the U.S. dollar was still down against most major currencies. The greenback fell on the back of an earlier report from Bloomberg – citing people familiar with the matter – that China is considering reducing or halting its purchase of U.S. government debt.
The dollar, U.S. bond prices and stock index futures all tumbled as safe-haven gold and yen jumped on the back of a report that China is considering reducing or halting its purchase of U.S. government debt.