Oil prices are rising on bullish supply data from the American Petroleum Institute (API) and talk that the joint OPEC/non-OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) on Friday night set the stage for an extension of the existing production cut agreement as compliance with the current deal is starting to improve.
Oil prices are rising on hopes that Hurricane Jose will not do any damage to East Coast refiners that are running hot and heavy to make up for lost supply from Gulf Coast refiners that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. Refiners are already having success with getting gasoline prices to fall but there is more work ahead of them.
While Florida and the rest of the Gulf Coast deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Irma and the energy markets assess the short-term demand destruction, in the bigger picture for energy, we are getting very bullish data in supply versus demand.
In the battle between the bulls and the bears, the one trend that remains constant is the trend of falling U.S. crude oil supply. Once again, the crude oil supply drop far exceeded market expectations, and according to data from the American Petroleum Institute, it fell by 9.2 million barrels last week.
Any optimism that the South African Rand (ZAR) would continue its attempt to strengthen against the USD, appears to have gone out the window—following the news that Jacob Zuma survived another no-confidence vote.