Any reduction in the geopolitical risk premium allows the market to focus on ample supply and questionable demand. Reports that Libyan rebels claim that a deal to reopen Libyan oil ports added to the bearish sentiment.
The Libyan Investment Authority recently sued Goldman over some 2008-vintage derivatives trades gone wrong. I wrote about it last week but didn't yet have Libya's complaint. That came out today -- here is the complaint, or in British the "Particulars of Claim" -- and it's fun reading
Crude oil futures are struggling to stay in positive territory after mixed API and EIA inventory reports. With crude oil builds likely to come across the month of January, the market is once again discounting most of the API draw in crude oil.
Oil is getting a yearend squeeze as inventories fall and geopolitical risks seem to be rising. War in South Sudan, a terror attack in Russia and labor trouble in Libya are giving the bulls a little ride.