Rig Count Shoots Up As Oil Nears $70

The number of active oil and gas rigs rose this week, according to Baker Hughes data, increasing by 15 total rigs, bringing the total rigs to 939, which is an addition of 280 rigs year over year. The number of oil rigs in the US increased by 10, while the number of gas rigs increased by 5. The number of oil rigs stands at 752 versus 522 a year ago. The number of gas rigs in the US now stands at 187, up 136 a year ago. At 11:35am EST, the price of a WTI barrel was trading down $.34 (-0.53%) to $63.46, while the Brent barrel was trading down $0.30…

Oil Prices Rise After API Reports Staggering Crude Oil Draw

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a staggeringly large draw of 11.19 million barrels of United States crude oil inventories for the week ending January 5, marking six large draws in as many weeks, according to the API data. Analysts, had expected a much smaller drawdown of 3.89 million barrels in crude oil. Last week, the American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a large draw of 4.992 million barrels of crude oil, along with an increase in gasoline inventories of 1.87 million barrels. This week, the API is reporting another build…

U.S. Rig Count Dips As Oil Prices Hold Steady

The number of active oil and gas rigs dipped again this week, according to Baker Hughes data, decreasing by 5 rigs, bringing the total rigs to 924 rigs, which is an addition of 259 rigs for the 2017 calendar year. The number of oil rigs in the U.S. decreased by 5, while the number of gas rigs stayed the same. The number of oil rigs stands at 742 versus 529 a year ago. The number of gas rigs in the U.S. now stands at 182, up from 135 a year ago. At 9:52am EST, the price of a WTI barrel was down $.60 (-0.97%) to $61.41, while the Brent barrel was…

Oil Rises As API Reports Major Draw In Crude Inventories

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a draw of 4.992 million barrels of United States crude oil inventories for the week ending December 29, marking five large draws in as many weeks. This marks the final inventory count for 2017 from the API. This week brings the total crude oil drawdown for 2017 to over 63 million barrels according to the API. (Click to enlarge) Analysts had expected a smaller drawdown of 5.26 million barrels in crude oil. Last week, the American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a large draw of 6.0 million barrels…

U.S. Rig Count Falls Slightly As Canada’s Rig Count Tanks

The number of active oil and gas rigs dipped this week, according to Baker Hughes data, decreasing by 2 rigs, bringing the total rigs to 929 rigs, which is an addition of 271 rigs for the 2017 calendar year. The number of oil rigs in the US stayed the same for the second week in a row, while the number of gas rigs decreased by 2. The number of oil rigs stands at 747 versus 525 a year ago. The number of gas rigs in the US now stands at 182, up from 132 a year ago. At 10:04pm EST, the price of a WTI barrel was down $0.20 (+0.33%) to $60.04—a…

Oil Prices Inch Lower After API Reports Strong Crude Draw

Oil prices fell on Wednesday from 2.5-year highs in anticipation of the U.S. crude inventory data reports. The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a draw of 6.0 million barrels of United States crude oil inventories for the week ending December 22, marking four large draws in as many weeks. Analysts had expected a smaller drawdown of 3.97 million barrels of the fuel. Supply risk has increased in 2017 as a side-effect of the OPEC output cut deal, and disruptions now have a much stronger effect on oil prices in a quickly tightening market.…

Oil Prices Stable On Flat Oil Rig Count

The number of active oil and gas rigs rose this week, according to Baker Hughes data, increasing by 1 rig, for a total of 931 rigs currently in operation in the United States—278 rigs above this time last year. The number of oil rigs in the U.S. stayed the same, while the number of gas rigs climbed by 1. The number of oil rigs stands at 747 versus 523 a year ago. The number of gas rigs in the U.S. now stands at 184, up from 129 a year ago. For Canada’s part, the number of oil and gas rigs fell hard, by 28 rigs, with gas and oil rigs…

U.S. Oil Rig Count Dips, Ending 5 Week Streak

While OPEC is busy shackling its members’ production to its lowest level in six months, US oil and gas drillers have been rolling up their sleeves and diving into the shale patch, adding active rigs for five straight weeks—up until today, when Baker Hughes reported that active oil and gas rigs in the U.S. had fallen by 1. The total oil and gas rig count in the United States now stands at 930 rigs, up 293 rigs from a year ago, with the number of oil rigs falling by 4 and the number of gas rigs climbing by 3. The number of oil rigs stands…

API Reports Huge Crude Draw

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a large draw of 7.382 million barrels of United States crude oil inventories for the week ending December 8, making two large draws in back to back weeks. Analysts had expected a much smaller drawdown of 3.759 million barrels. Last week, the American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a large draw of 5.481 million barrels of crude oil, but had dampened any enthusiasm that the oil bulls may have had by countering that with a massive build of 9.196 million barrels of gasoline. This week, the API is…

U.S. Rig Count Rises Amid Falling OPEC Output

While OPEC continues to curb its in-house oil production among its members, US drillers are ramping up, adding rigs for the fifth week in a row. This week, Baker Hughes reported that active oil and gas rigs in the US had climbed by 2. The total oil and gas rig count in the United States now stands at 931 rigs, up 307 rigs from a year ago, with the number of oil rigs climbing by 2 and the number of gas rigs holding steady. The number of oil rigs stand at 751 versus 498 a year ago. The number of gas rigs in the US now stands at 180, up from 125 a…

Oil Prices Slide On Major Gasoline Build

The Energy Information Administration reported a 5.6-million-barrel draw in crude oil inventories for the week to December 1, largely in line with the American Petroleum Institute’s estimate of a 5.481-million-barrel draw that was reported yesterday. Analysts had expected a draw of 3.507 million barrels. But more notably, the API had yesterday reported a staggering 9.196-million-barrel build in gasoline inventories—when analysts had expected a small build of just 1.145 million barrels. The EIA today confirmed a large build of 6.8 million…

Oil Prices Fall After API Reports Huge Build In Gasoline Inventories

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a large draw of 5.481 million barrels of United States crude oil inventories for the week ending December 1, while analysts had expected a drawdown of 3.507 million barrels. The draw may embolden oil bulls who were left wanting after the OPEC meeting failed to lift prices as many had hoped. Last week, the American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a surprise build of 1.821 million barrels of crude oil when analysts had expected a drawdown of 3.15 million barrels. A day later, however, the EIA…

Oil Rig Count Rises After OPEC Deal Extension

A day after OPEC extended the already-extended production cut deal to end-2018, oil and gas rigs in the US climbed by 6. The boost to the number of oil and gas rigs in the US is likely just a taste of what’s to come if oil prices continue to climb as a result of OPEC’s prolonging of the deal that is designed to ease the glut. And at current prices of WTI, US drillers are bound to find sufficient funds to add rigs, pressuring the prices that OPEC is attempting to hold fast. This week, the number of active oil rigs increased by 2, with…

Oil Prices Slip After API Reports Small Build In Crude Inventories

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a build of 1.821 million barrels of United States crude oil inventories for week ending November 24, against analyst forecasts for an inventory drawdown of 3.15 million barrels.  Last week the API had reported a more than 6-million-barrel draw. Gasoline inventories, according to the API, saw a draw this week, of 1.529 million barrels for the week ending November 24, compared to forecasts of a 1.17-million-barrel build. This week marks the last snapshot of inventory figures for US crude oil to…

U.S. Oil Rig Count Rises Amid Record Breaking Production

The number of oil and gas rigs in the United States rose again this week. The boost in the number of active oil rigs this week brings the total gained in November to 10—the first monthly gain since July.Oil and gas rigs combined were up by 14 in November—also the biggest increase seen since July, in a sign that drillers are once again eager to add rigs after scaling back in August. This week, the number of active oil rigs increased by 9, with gas rigs falling by 1. The Permian basin, after gaining two rigs this week, now boasts 165…

Oil Prices Rise After API Reports Major Crude Draw

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a draw of 6.356 million barrels of United States crude oil inventories, against a survey of S&P Global Platts analysts that predicted an inventory drawdown of just 2.1 million barrels. Last week API had reported a more than 6-million-barrel build, so this week erases the ugly build API rang in last week. Gasoline inventories, according to the API, also saw a build this week, of 869,000 barrels for the week ending November 17, close to the expected build of 1 million barrels. All eyes may be on…

The Wireless Power Grid: More Than A 100 Years In The Making

If you can imagine a massive, horrifying beast with some 6 million miles of tentacles that costs up to $33 billion to feed and $5 trillion to replace, then you can imagine the U.S. electricity grid. But it’s a beast that can possibly be vanquished, finally. How? Magnetic induction and resonant coupling. Imagine a future where you can charge your electric vehicles while in motion using a charging mechanism built into the road on which it drives. Where the electrical grid is no longer reliant on power lines, utility poles, or expensive transformers…

WTI Soars As U.S. Oil Rigs See Biggest Decline Of The Year

Baker Hughes has reported that the number of oil and gas rigs in the United States fell for yet another week, this time dipping 11 rigs—most of which was a loss to the number of oil rigs—the largest decline in the number of oil rigs this year. WTI and Brent continue on their upward trend as even more analysts agree on the increased likelihood that OPEC will extend their production cut agreement throughout all of 2018, and as EIA reports a continued drawdown of crude oil inventories in the US. Prices will likely increase even more as…

PDVSA Not Out Of The Woods Just Yet

Yet another of PDVSA’s bond is due on Thursday—this time in the amount of $1.169 billion. The bond is coming due just after another critical bond payment was received in the nick of time on Wednesday which was due last Friday—a bond that had no grace period—but other bondholders shouldn’t exhale just yet. Last Friday’s critical bond payment may have been received, but where PDVSA found the cash to make the payment is yet unclear, and where they will find the cash to make today’s bond payment—if they…

U.S. Oil & Gas Rig Count Falls As Brent Breaks $60

As Saudi’s comments regarding the OPEC extension send the Brent Crude benchmark over $60 in mid-day trading for the first time in more than two years, oil and gas rigs in the United States fell for yet another week, according to Baker Hughes, dipping 4 rigs.   The total oil and gas rig count in the United States now stands at 909 rigs, up 352 rigs from the year prior, with the number of oil rigs in the United States increasing by 1 this week and the number of natural gas rigs decreasing by 5. Canada saw a decline of 11 in the number…

Why Millennials Can’t Bank On Clean Energy Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job expected to see the most growth in terms of hiring over the next nine years is an energy-related job: solar photovoltaic installer—but Millennials beware—the term “top growing” is a bit misleading. The number of solar photovoltaic installers is expected to double by 2026, which sounds super promising on its own. Millennials, after all, are always looking for those meaningful jobs instead of those dirty oil-industry jobs, but millennials beware—there were just 11,300…

Oil Prices Up After API Reports Huge Gasoline Draw

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a small build of 519,000 barrels in United States crude oil inventories, while an S&P Platts’ survey of analysts expected inventories would draw down by 425,000 barrels for the week ending October 20. Gasoline inventories, according to the API, saw a huge draw of 5.753 million barrels for the week ending October 20, against a smaller expected draw of 2.3 million barrels.   Both WTI and Brent benchmarks were up on lingering concerns that the US/Iran standoff could disrupt oil supplies,…

The World’s Top Crude Trader Sees Brent Crashing To $45

The world’s largest oil trader sees the price of the Brent barrel falling almost $14 to $45 in 2018, from its current price of $58.01, according to Ian Taylor, CEO of Vitol Group. Taylor is predicting a surge in oil production from US drillers—an event that would likely drag oil prices downward in 2018 to $45 per barrel. Despite the general optimism in the industry regarding oil prices, Taylor sees this optimism as false hope. “I think there’s a chance oil could fall closer to $40 than $50, because I think there’s…

OPEC Favors 9-Month Extension Of Production Cut Agreement

OPEC favors a nine-month extension to the OPEC/NOPEC production cut deal, according to four anonymous Reuters sources, which would push out the agreement until December 2018. The possibility of extending the cuts through end 2018 has been discussed before, and OPEC has been saying for quite some time that OPEC would be willing to do “whatever it takes” to balance the oil market. Still, OPEC has been reluctant to commit to anything beyond the existing agreement, which holds production at 32.5 million bpd for OPEC members—a 1.2-million…

Oil Prices Rise After U.S. API Reports Strong Crude Inventory Draw

Crude oil inventories are still coming down. The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a huge draw of 7.130 million barrels in United States crude oil inventories, compared to an S&P Platts’ survey of analysts that expected inventories would draw down by 3.9 million barrels for the week ending October 13. Gasoline inventories, according to the API, saw a surprise build of 1.941 million barrels for the week ending October 13, against an expected draw of 340,000 barrels. Both WTI and Brent benchmarks were up on Monday on concerns…

U.S. Oil Production To Increase in November As Rig Count Falls

U.S. oil production is set to increase in November, according the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Drilling Productivity Report published on Monday. (Click to enlarge)The EIA has forecast an increase of 81,000 barrels per day in November over October levels, even as the number of active oil rigs in the United States dipped steadily over the third quarter, shedding 20 rigs over the last eight weeks. The EIA is also predicting that U.S. crude oil production will hit 9.9 million barrels per day in 2018, a new high for the United States,…

Saudi Arabia Looks To Shelve Aramco IPO

Oil giant Saudi Aramco is thinking about reneging on its much talked about plans to publicly list a 5% stake in the company, Financial Times sources said on Friday. Last month, the Saudi government came up with contingency plans for a possible delay, according to Bloomberg sources, which didn’t go into detail about what the drivers behind the delay could be. A day after media reported that the IPO could be delayed, Aramco sent an email to media dispelling the notion that the IPO could be delayed, saying instead that the IPO was indeed on…

Husky Energy Set To Restart Pipeline

Husky Energy (TSE: HSE) received a greenlight to restart its pipeline after successfully undergoing testing, inspection, and evaluation of a previously ruptured pipeline, according to local media. Last July, Husky’s pipeline leaked about 225,000 liters of heavy oil mixed with a diluent, about 40 percent of which made its way into the North Saskatchewan River. That was 15 months ago, and the pipeline has been idle ever since. The Saskatchewan government gave the go-ahead to restart the pipeline on Wednesday, but the approval doesn’t…

Surprise Oil Inventory Build Shocks Markets

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a surprise build of 3.097 million barrels in United States crude oil inventories, compared to an S&P Platts’ survey of analysts that expected inventories would draw down by 400,000 barrels for the week ending October 6. Gasoline inventories, according to the API, saw a decrease of 1.575 million barrels for the week ending October 6, against an expected build of 1.4 million barrels. Both WTI and Brent benchmarks were up on Tuesday as much of US offshore production remains offline after more…

World’s No.1 Oil Trader: U.S. To See Final Oil Output Spike In 2018

The best is yet to come for US oil production—but it will be a short-lived hurrah, according to Ian Taylor, head of oil trading giant Vitol. US oil production has steadily increased throughout 2017 as US drillers regained their footing after the oil price crash. What started out at 8.946 million bpd of crude oil production in the first week of January has now reached an average of 9.561 million bpd as of September 29, according to the EIA. The EIA is expecting US oil production to reach 9.8 million bpd in 2018, according to the latest Short…

U.S. Oil Rig Count Falls As Prices Falter

The number of active oil and gas rigs in the United States fell this week by 4 rigs. The total oil and gas rig count in the United States now stands at 936 rigs, up 412 rigs from the year prior, with the number of oil rigs in the United States decreasing by 2 this week and the number of natural gas rigs decreasing by 2. The oil rig count now stands 320 above the count one year ago. The spot price for WTI fell earlier on Friday as traders feared further rises in U.S. crude oil inventories as refineries in the US once again brace for stormy weather,…

Oil Prices Under Pressure After API Reports Large Gasoline Build

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a draw of 4.079 million barrels in United States crude oil inventories, compared to more modest analyst expectations that inventories would draw only 756,000 barrels for the week ending September 29. Gasoline inventories, on the other hand, delivered a blow with a larger than expected build of 4.19 million barrels for the week ending September 29, against an expected build of only 1.088 million barrels. Last week, too, saw a large gasoline build. Both WTI and Brent benchmarks fell again on Tuesday…

Oil Prices Inch Higher After Surprise Crude Draw

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a draw of 761,000 barrels in United States crude oil inventories, compared to analyst expectations that inventories would build by 3.422 million barrels for the week ending September 22. Gasoline inventories built for the first time in two weeks, by 1.470 million barrels for the week ending September 22, against an expected draw of 921,000 barrels. Both WTI and Brent benchmarks fell on Tuesday, but they were both still up over $2.00 week on week. WTI hit 7-month high yesterday at the close of trade,…

Oil Steady At $50 Amid Falling U.S. Oil Rig Count

The number of active oil and gas rigs in the United States fell this week by 1 rig.   The total oil and gas rig count in the United States now stands at 935 rigs, up 424 rigs from the year prior, with the number of oil rigs in the United States decreasing by 5 this week and the number of natural gas rigs increasing by 4.  Canada’s rig count additions appears to be leveling off, and despite its large swings in the number of active rigs on a weekly basis, has roughly the same number of oil rigs in operation that it had back at the…

Venezuela Publishes Oil Prices In Yuan For First Time

In a move that is largely seen as Maduro giving Washington the middle finger, Venezuela has made good on its promise to layoff the U.S. dollar, publishing its oil prices in yuan on Friday. Last Friday, Maduro had announced the forthcoming change, but that threat came after 14 years of similar threats, made by former leader Hugo Chavez, who was sure the dollar would someday lose its place in the currency pecking order. Venezuela’s choice to price its oil in yuan is an interesting, if not toothless maneuver, that goes against earlier reports…

U.S. Oil Rig Count Continues To Collapse

The number of active oil and gas rigs in the United States fell this week by 8 rigs. The total oil and gas rig count in the United States now stands at 936 rigs, up 430 rigs from the year prior, with the number of oil rigs in the United States decreasing by 7 this week and the number of gas rigs decreasing by 1. Canada, meanwhile, added 10 oil rigs for the week ending September 15. Oil rigs in the United States now number 749—333 rigs above this time last year. Although the number of oil rigs are still up significantly year on year, the increases…

Oil Prices Rise After API Reports Largest Gasoline Draw On Record

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a build of 6.181 million barrels in United States crude oil inventories, compared to analyst expectations that inventories would build by 10.1 million barrels for the week ending September 8 as many refineries in the Gulf Coast remain offline and demand in Florida wanes in the wake of the most recent hurricane. Gasoline inventories fell more than anticipated—by 7.896 million barrels for the week ending September 8, against an expected draw of 4.0 million barrels. Crude oil prices rose on Tuesday…

Oil Prices Slip Amid Falling U.S. Rig Count

The number of active oil and gas rigs in the United States rose this week by 1 rig. Baker Hughes Rig Count last week was largely unchanged as well, with data for 47 counties South Texas largely unavailable last week due to the Hurricane, according to BH. The total oil and gas rig count in the United States, two weeks post-Harvey, now stands at 944 rigs, up 436 rigs from the year prior, with the number of oil rigs in the United States decreasing by 3 this week and the number of gas rigs increasing by 4. Oil rigs in the United States now number 756—342…

U.S. Oil Rig Count Flat Despite Hurricane Harvey

The number of active oil and gas rigs in the United States rose this week by 3 rigs, largely dispelling earlier analyst notions that Hurricane Harvey would delay as much as 10 percent of upcoming fracking work, and suspend roughly half the rigs in Eagle Ford. The total oil and gas rig count in the United States, post Harvey, now stands at 943 rigs, up 446 rigs from the year prior, with the number of oil rigs in the United States flat this week and the number of gas rigs increasing by 3. Oil rigs in the United States now number 759—352 rigs…

API Reports Significant Crude Oil Draw, Small Gasoline Build

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a major draw of 5.78 million barrels in United States crude oil inventories, compared to analyst expectations of a draw of 1.75 million barrels for the week ending August 25. Gasoline inventories rose by 476,000 barrels for the week ending August 25. Crude prices fell on Monday and Tuesday as traders fear crude oil inventories will rise as Hurricane Harvey takes offline refining capacity in the United States, potentially for weeks until refineries are back running at full capacity. Although there…

Oil Prices Rise Amid Falling U.S. Rig Count

The number of active oil and gas rigs in the United States fell this week by 6 rigs. Combined, the total oil and gas rig count in the US now stands at 940 rigs, up 451 rigs from the year prior, with the number of oil rigs in the United States decreasing by 4 and the number of gas rigs decreasing by 2. Oil rigs in the United States now number 759—353 rigs above this time last year. Canada lost 6 oil rigs again this week, with the number of gas rigs increasing by 9—bringing Canada’s total to 217 oil and gas rigs—71 above the…

Oil Prices Slip After API Reports Build In Gasoline Inventories

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a major drawdown on U.S. crude oil inventories of 3.595 million barrels—one-third of last week’s API-reported draw of 9.2 million. Cushing inventories were also down 462,000 barrels, for the week ended August 18.  Gasoline inventories rose significantly, up 1.402 million barrels, while distillates were up 2.048 million barrels. At 4:49 pm EST, right after the API data release, WTI was at $47.63, while Brent was trading at $51.69. (Click to enlarge) On Friday, crude oil prices had…

Oil Prices Climb As Oil Rig Count Drops

The number of active oil and gas rigs in the United States fell this week by 3 rigs as drillers in the United States proceed more cautiously as oil prices fail to sustain any significant increase. Combined, the total oil and gas rig count in the US now stands at 946 rigs, up 455 rigs from the year prior, with oil rigs in the United States decreasing by 5 and gas rigs increasing by 1. Oil rigs in the United States now number 763—357 rigs above this time last year. Canada lost 6 oil rigs this week, with the number of gas rigs holding steady—for…

Oil Prices Rise As API Reports Huge Crude Inventory Draw

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a major draw of 9.2 million barrels in United States crude oil inventories—the biggest draw since September 2016. The draw compares to analyst expectations of a draw of 3.6 million barrels for the week ending August 11. Gasoline inventories rose by 301,000 barrels for the week ending August 11, compared to analyst expectations that inventories for the fuel would fall by 1.5 million barrels. Crude prices fell on Tuesday—despite an export terminal closure in Libya on the back of worker protests—on…

Oil Rig Count Rises Despite Ballooning Shale Debt

The number of active oil and gas rigs in the United States fell this week by 5 rigs, but the amount of oil rigs increased as drillers in the United States continue to add rigs in defiance of low oil prices, albeit at a slower rate. Combined, the total oil and gas rig count in the US now stands at 949 rigs, up 468 rigs from the year prior, with oil rigs in the United States increasing by 3 and gas rigs declining by 8. Oil rigs in the United States now number 768—372 rigs above this time last year. Canada, which lost 3 oil and gas rigs last…

EIA STEO Revises Its 2018 US U.S. Crude Oil Production

The EIA has adjusted downward its projections for U.S. crude oil production growth in 2018, according to its most recent Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) published on Tuesday, but the agency still raised the total U.S. crude oil production expected for 2018. The agency is now forecasting that U.S. crude oil output will rise by 560,000 barrels per day in 2018, down from last month’s projection of 570,000 barrels per day for 2018.  Still, the EIA’s forecast for average U.S. crude oil production in 2018 has been revised upward, based…

OPEC Meeting Fails To Impress Market With Reaffirmation

Iraq, Kazakhstan, and the United Arab Emirates—three of OPEC’s most disobedient members when it comes to adhering to the production cut deal agreed to in November last year—reaffirmed their commitment to the deal at OPEC’s most recent meeting in Abu Dhabi. Malaysia also reaffirmed its support. While the industry was largely hoping that the meeting would bear more fruit than mere affirmations, this latest round of meetings, held Monday and Tuesday, was always touted by OPEC to be nothing more than talks on compliance—or,…

Oil Prices Rise As The U.S. Rig Count Falls

The number of active oil rigs in the United States fell this week by 1 rig as drillers in the United States proceed more cautiously than earlier in the year.  Combined, the total oil and gas rig count in the US now stands at 954 rigs, up 490 rigs from the year prior, with oil rigs in the United States decreasing by 1 and gas rigs decreasing by 3. Canada, which added 14 oil and gas rigs the week prior, lost 3 rigs this week, with the number of oil rigs falling by 5 and gas rigs increasing by 2. Prices lost a bit of ground on the week as signs…

Oil Prices Slammed After API Reports Surprise Build In Crude Inventories

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a surprise build of 1.779 million barrels in United States crude oil inventories, compared to S&P Global Platts survey of analysts who expected a draw of 2.8 million barrels for the week ending July 21. This week’s build comes after a major draw last week. Gasoline inventories fell this week, more sharply than expected, with a 4.827-million-barrel draw for the week ending July 28, compared to analyst expectations that inventories for the fuel would fall by 1.3 million barrels. Crude prices…

Pace Of US Oil Rig Count Growth Slows As Prices Climb

The number of active oil rigs in the United States rose this week by 2 rigs showing a growth—albeit a slower one—in oil drilling as US players proceed more cautiously than before. Combined, the total oil and gas rig count in the US now stands at 958 rigs, up 495 rigs from last year, with oil rigs in the United States increasing by 2 and gas rigs increasing by 6 this week. Canada, which added 15 oil and gas rigs the week prior, added another 14 rigs for week this week. Of the 14 new active rigs this week in Canada, 11 were oil rigs.…

Will The UAE Further Boost Its OPEC Compliance?

Following Saudi Arabia’s pledge to do the same, the United Arab Emirates announced on Tuesday its plans to reduce oil exports beginning in September of this year. The announcement was delivered on Twitter from UAE’s Minister of Energy, Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, reiterating its commitment to “share in OPEC production cut.” (Click to enlarge) As for the UAE’s oil customers, we’re talking about mostly Japan, who receives 62 percent of the UAE’s crude oil exports, according to the UAE Embassy website. Saudi…

Oil Prices Leap Higher After API Reports Huge Crude Draw

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a huge draw of 10.23 million barrels in United States crude oil inventories, compared to S&P Global Platts survey of analysts who expected a draw of only 2.5 million barrels for the week ending July 21. Gasoline inventories, on the other hand, bucked analyst traditions with a 1.903-million-barrel build for the week ending July 21, compared to analyst expectations that inventories for the fuel would fall by 1.25 million barrels. Crude prices were up over 3 percent on Tuesday afternoon on expectations…

U.S. Oil Rig Count Falls By 1 As Canada Adds 15 Rigs

The number of active oil rigs in the United States fell this week by 1 rig—it’s second loss in four weeks, and its third loss this year—in a sign that the gains we’ve seen week after week are starting to slow. Combined, the total oil and gas rig count in the US now stands at 950 rigs, with oil rigs falling by one and gas rigs falling by one. The market may want to rejoice in this week’s falling US rig count, but things don’t look so good everywhere when it comes to oil prices—Baker Hughes also reported…

API Reports Surprise Build In Crude Inventories

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a build of 1.628 million barrels in United States crude oil inventories, compared to analyst’s expectations that this week would see a draw of 3 million barrels for the week ending July 14. Gasoline inventories saw a significant drawdown, although unlikely to totally offset those who were expected a draw in crude oil inventories. Gasoline inventories fell by 5.448 million barrels for the week ending July 14, compared to analyst expectations that inventories for the fuel would fall by only 500,000…

OPEC Dragging Feet On Capping Libya, Nigeria Oil Production

Kuwati’s OPEC governor, Haitham Al-Ghais, said on Friday that it was not yet time to curb crude oil production in Libya and Nigeria—the two OPEC members with the largest production increases over the last two months. The reason for OPEC’s unwillingness to pull the trigger on a cap for its two African members, according to Al-Ghais, is that both countries need to stabilize further. Both countries have seen a significant increase in oil production in May and June. For the month of May, Libya accounted for OPEC’s sharpest increase…

Oil Prices Hold Steady As U.S. Oil Rig Count Rises

The number of active oil and gas rigs in the United States was flat this week overall, after gaining 505 rigs in the last 12 months. But on the oil side, the number of rigs still increased—this week by two—while gas rigs decreased by 2 for a net growth of zero. Combined, the total oil and gas rig count in the US now stands at 952 rigs. Prices rose by mid-day on Friday with Shell’s declaration of a force majeure on Nigeria’s Bonny Light grade, and on yesterday’s IEA report showing a forecast for increased global demand…

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