The world’s oil-consuming nations are showing growing unease about the rapidly tightening global crude oil market and are considering releasing oil from their strategic petroleum reserves. On Friday, Bloomberg News reported that the Trump Administration is reviewing options ranging from a 5 million-barrel test sale to the release of 30 million barrels from its oil reserve to cool pump prices ahead of congressional elections in November and as sanctions on Iran are due to snap back.
The biggest crude oil draw since 2016 was not enough to stop oil from a major drop in price. A slew of oil supply side stories includes the resumption of Libyan crude exports, an increase in Saudi Arabia crude output, possible waivers on U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil and reports that oil is on the agenda when President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet next month.
The deadline has passed. President Donald Trump fired the trade war shot heard around the world as he suggests the United States is mad as heck and isn’t going to take the record $375 billion trade deficit with China in 2017 anymore. Around $34 billion in tariffs went into effect at midnight with China calling it the start of the largest trade war in history and retaliating by adding $34 billion dollars of its own tariffs.
U.S. investors, out celebrating July 4 holidays, didn’t miss much at all yesterday in the markets. They are back today and with them, volatility is set to return. In fact, European stock markets have started sharply higher this morning although the forex markets have been fairly quiet so far as investors await key U.S. data releases later on in the afternoon, which should provide us vital clues about Friday’s key employment report. Depending on the outcome of today’s data, the dollar could start to move more meaningfully ahead of the jobs report on Friday.
Hail to the tweet! President Donald Trump is calling out OPEC and telling them now is the time to lower prices. The tweet this time had less of an oil price impact from previous tweets, as many are starting to realize OPEC can’t do much. The President tweeted that “The OPEC Monopoly must remember that gas prices are up & they are doing little to help. If anything, they are driving prices higher as the United States defends many of their members for very little $’s. This must be a two-way street. REDUCE PRICING NOW!”
Oh, say can you tweet, by the dawn’s early light? The global oil markets are still rolling after President Donald Trump tweeted that maybe the Saudis had agreed to increase output by as much as two million barrels to help replace Iranian supply that the Trump Administration wants to see at zero by early November.
So, President Trump is using his leverage with the Saudis saying you must replace Iranian oil because we have got your back against your nemesis. The Saudis, of course, must look like any move they make is within the boundaries OPEC and Russia has set. Iran Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said any production increase above limits agreed to by OPEC would “breach” the deal, according to a letter he sent to OPEC President Suhail Al Mazrouei and distributed by the Iran Oil Ministry’s news service Shana. OPEC should reject the U.S. call for a production increase which is “politically motivated against Iran,” he said, as reported by Bloomberg.
President Donald Trump is fed up with crude oil prices and tweeted that “oil prices are too high, OPEC is at it again. Not good!” The Fed raised interest rates and Fed Chair Jerome Powell weighed in on oil and its impact on inflation and what they may mean for the economy going forward. This comes as surging U.S. refinery demand for oil shadowed over a 100,000-barrel a day increase in U.S. oil production.
With U.S. President Donald Trump already sparking uncertainty by lashing out at Canada and France ahead of the meeting, optimism has diminished over any agreement being reached on trade during the two-day summit. Risk sentiment could take a hit if the talks between G7 leaders descend into disagreements and arguments. With escalating trade tensions seen as a major threat to global stability, the outcome of the summit could leave a mark on global sentiment.