crude oil

The news of the spread of coronavirus outside the Chinese city of Wuhan and the first confirmed case in the United States have pressured crude oil prices. The concern is that the Chinese economy will be harmed and reduce global demand for crude oil.
U.S benchmarks are consolidating lower in a healthy manner. The slightest signs of exhaustion crept into the market Friday with the Russell 2000 small-cap index finishing 1% from a new swing high achieved on the opening bell.
There was only a muted price response to the crude oil stocks draw and prices traded in a relatively narrow range for the day.
The U.S-Iran situation has deescalated, top Chinese negotiator Liu He is set to visit Washington next week to sign the “Phase One” trade deal, the Fed thwarted a liquidity crisis and earnings are right around the corner.
The crude oil stocks build reported by the EIA was mildly bearish to price. But it was the news of the Iranian missile attack that really impacted prices.
Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two U.S-Iraqi airbases in retaliation for the killing of Soleimani. Fear and uncertainty immediately rattled through markets and the S&P lost 1.7% down to a low of 3181, tagging a critical level of support.
 U.S benchmarks shook off Middle East tensions and surged higher on the opening bell yesterday. The S&P turned positive by noon and extended gains into the close.
U.S benchmarks are set to open lower due to mounting uncertainties in the Middle East. Price action digested the killing of Iranian General Soleimani Friday and quickly recovered from session lows despite Iran’s promise to retaliate.
Crude oil prices have been on a rally since the beginning of December as OPEC and Russia agreed on deeper cuts in production and the agreement of Phase One of the US-China trade deal.  The crude oil stocks draw added to the bullish price sentiment.
U.S benchmarks are holding steady at record levels after avoiding the feared December 15th tariffs. Although details of the “Phase One” deal remain few and far, we discussed yesterday how an actual deal took a back seat to the potential of new tariffs.