When will the global oil market get in balance? It already has and according to the International Energy Agency, that process is accelerating. The global oil market has achieved so-called market balance but much work remains to reduce excess global oil supply.
Can OPEC find love and happiness and balance in a world full of shale? The OPEC report is out. OPEC is getting ready to double down on production cuts as they raise their forecast for U.S. shale oil output. This is unprecedented for the cartel to not only comply with cuts but maybe extend them as U.S. shale producers continue to increase oil output.
And they're off! Crude oil prices are trying to recover after the American Petroleum institute (API) reported a significant 5.79 million-barrel drop in U.S. crude oil supply--the biggest draw since December 2016. This comes after a reported a 4.2 million-barrel drop a week ago.
Oil edged higher on Wednesday as OPEC said it was committed to eroding a global surplus of crude, but increasing shale production in the United States and still-high global stocks threatened to pull prices lower.