On Monday, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil giant in an attempt to prevent the proceeds of crude sales to the U.S. from reaching the government of President Nicolás Maduro.
Crude oil markets
Venezuela Oil Sanctions Likely to Hit Some U.S. Refiners. Profit margins for turning heavy crude into gasoline and diesel have slumped to the lowest level in more than a year
The Trump administration has drafted a slate of sanctions but hasn’t decided whether to deploy them, said people familiar with the matter. Earlier this month, White House officials warned U.S. refiners that sanctions were being considered, and advised them to seek alternative sources of heavy crude. Some U.S. refiners worried about sanctions experimented with alternatives last year before ultimately returning to Venezuelan crude.
Oil headed for its biggest weekly gain in over two years. Still, prices are about 30 percent lower than their highs in October
Crude’s direction in coming weeks may be determined by whether the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia implement output cuts they have promised for the first six months of 2019. Also crucial will be the outcome of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China — the world’s two biggest economies. A deal between the nations could boost flagging global growth that underpins oil demand.
Oil prices climbed around 3 percent on Wednesday as the extension of U.S.-China talks in Beijing raised hopes that the world’s two largest economies would resolve their trade standoff
Both crude price benchmarks added to Tuesday’s 2 percent gains and have now been on the rise for eight straight days – their longest rally since June 2017
Iran has urged European countries, which are still committed to the nuclear deal, to oppose the sanctions by creating a financial mechanism that facilitates payments of Iranian oil sales.
Brent crude futures was up 83 cents at $54.05 a barrel by 09:32 GMT, after rising by over a $1 a barrel in early trade to a high of $54.55 a barrel.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were at $45.99 a barrel, up 66 cents, or 1.4 percent, from their last close. WTI also rose more than a $1 in early trade, reaching $46.38 a barrel.
Oil production from seven major U.S. shale basins is expected to climb to more than 8 million barrels per day (bpd) by the end of the year for the first time
Brent crude prices dropped more than $1 on Tuesday, falling for a third straight session, as reports of inventory builds and forecasts of record shale output in the United States, now the world’s biggest producer, stoked worries about oversupply.
Qatar Petroleum to invest $20 billion in U.S. over the coming few years, after the Gulf Arab state unexpectedly quit OPEC this month
Qatar, a tiny but wealthy country is one of the most influential players in the LNG market due to its annual production of 77 million tonnes. It plans to boost capacity 43 percent by 2023-2024 and will be building four liquefaction trains for the LNG expansion.
As part of its more than $20 billion investment push in the U.S. QP is looking “at gas and oil, conventional and non-conventional”
Oil prices edged higher on Thursday, buoyed by a drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles and indications that the trade war between the United States and China, is easing
Crude oil prices have also been supported by OPEC-led supply curbs announced last week, although gains were capped after the producer group lowered its 2019 demand forecast.
The influential oil cartel meets at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, with the aim of reaching an accord over production levels for the next six months. The 15-member organization will then hold talks with allied non-OPEC partners on Friday, with markets widely-expecting the energy alliance to announce steep output reductions from January.
A magnitude 7 earthquake struck Alaska early Friday, shutting the state’s most important oil pipeline
The Alaska pipeline that carries crude from the Arctic coast to the marine terminal in Valdez was shut as a precaution
Oil prices underwent a selloff on Thursday with U.S. crude falling below the $50 a barrel level for the first time in more than a year
Prices came under renewed selling pressure after data on Wednesday showing that U.S. crude inventories increased again last week, hitting their highest levels in more than a year.