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 crude oil glut that many said would never go away is officially gone. For the first time since June of 2015, oil supplies are back in the average range and not above average. This is happening as U.S demand is above average and that in part explains why the supply of oil continues to drain at the fastest pace in history.
Crude oil prices traded at the highest level since OPEC declared a production war on Shale and laughed off an estimate of record U.S. oil production from the Energy Information Administration. The reason why the oil bears got it wrong was that they underestimated demand and overestimated production.
WTI crude prices pulled back from a critical technical level after coming within a couple of ticks of the $62.58 per barrel high hit in May of 2015. Back then oil topped before a collapse in price as three bearish factors caused oil to fall. Fast forward to today. U.S. oil supply has been plunging at a record rate and should fall again for the 8th week in a row.