The markets opened up more than 100 points in the first hour of trading as investors seem content to wait out the markets this week ahead of the Federal Reserve's September FOMC meeting, where the central bank will decide whether it will hike interest rates for the first time since 2006.
U.S. crude oil production may be falling faster than many had thought and we are seeing signs of that in Cushing, Okla. Cushing is the Nymex delivery point and a storage facility that if you listened to the Ultra Bears was supposed to be overflowing with oil. Instead the opposite is happening as supply there have fallen five out of the last seven weeks and is slated to fall once again.
http://admin.futuresmag.com/admin/structure/nodequeueHedge funds are not listening to crazy bearish crude oil price predictions like Goldman's $20 a barrel call and instead are amassing its biggest net long position since last April. Oil fund managers are not betting on $20 a barrel oil this week because they increased their net-long position by 16,855 contracts to 132,857 futures and options in the week ending Sept. 8, according to the CFTC commitment of traders report.
At the time of this writing on Friday, both oil contracts look poised to finish the week lower. Brent is set to close lower for the second straight week, while WTI is about to snap a two-week winning streak. Despite this week’s losses, both contracts remain above their August lows, keeping bullish hopes alive that prices may have bottomed, even if the probability of such scenario appears to have diminished given the lack of further follow-up buying after that late August rally.