OPEC’s decision to refrain from action had an immediate effect on crude oil prices. Prices sunk as it became clear Saudi Arabia is more concerned with losing markets share than the pressure low prices are putting on its cartel partners.
Today oil will take its cue from the dollar. The dollar will move on the European Central Bank Statement that is due. With Japan going quantitative easing crazy, can the European central bank keep pace?
The oil market got heavy as word of a possible story of a Fed exit, which started to permeate the trading floor on Friday. The other issue is oil going down to the Gulf Coast and whether our production boom will overwhelm the refineries.
Oh sure oil had a lot of reasons to break yesterday! China’s Wen Jiabao putting their breaks on the Chinese red hot housing market, OPEC raising production to aria and of course the rising fear that the Fed is getting closer to taking the punch bowel away