Crude oil rose toward $50 a barrel on Wednesday for the first time in seven months, driven by expectations that shrinking supply will help erode any overhang of unwanted crude, particularly after industry data showed a sharp fall in U.S. inventories.
It is suddenly hip to be bullish crude oil again. Bearish calls that oil could crash to $10.00 a barrel seem be off of the table. Talk that oil would never exceed $40.00 a barrel ever again has been proven to be wrong. Now the market and the analysts are starting to understand the impact the oil price crash has had. It has created a long lasting effect on future oil production and has sparked a surge in demand.
Crude oil reversed early losses to turn positive on Tuesday, as investors awaited crude oil inventory data from the United States that was expected to show a shrinking supply overhang.Brent futures had gained 26 cents to $48.34 a barrel by 1242 GMT, after closing down 37 cents in the previous session.
Crude oil prices are struggling on short-term fundamentals, but we continue to get a disturbing outlook for our long-term energy future. Weakness enveloped oil, driving it down for the fourth day in a row on reports of oil disruptions getting back online, yet a report from Rystad Energy says that global oil discoveries fell to the lowest level in 63 years as oil companies slashed spending on oil exploration by the most in history.