Demand outlook improves & oil holds recent gains

After weeks of fluctuations…. Oil held recent price gains, and the market welcomed the news that a partial trade deal with China was looking promising. ” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Sunday in Bangkok that the U.S. and China would likely reach a “phase one” trade agreement this month.”

West Texas Intermediate ( WTI) and Brent Oil both saw movement and the commodities ticker to the right hasn’t stopped jumping around all morning as Natural Gas and Crude Oil prices update. The Saudi Aramco IPO appears to be back on the books again despite concerns that the IPO is over valued and current Saudi Oil numbers are an unknown.

” Yet the Saudi government has already conceded the company probably isn’t worth the $2 trillion valuation Prince Mohammed has long advocated. “


Oil and Gas investing and global economics….never a dull moment!

Oil Holds Gain After Demand Outlook Improves

by  Bloomberg|Ann Koh|Monday, November 04, 2019

(Bloomberg) — Oil held its biggest gain in almost seven weeks after improved U.S. and Chinese economic data aided the demand outlook and Saudi Aramco said it would go ahead with its long-awaited initial public offering.

Futures edged lower in New York after jumping 3.7% Friday, the most since the September attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. Chinese manufacturing orders rose the fastest in more than six years, according to data released Friday, and U.S. hiring was unexpectedly resilient. Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, announced its intention to list on Sunday, more than three years after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman first raised the idea.

The oil market is taking heart from the signs of strength in the world’s two biggest economies as the nations move closer to a partial trade deal, despite skepticism over whether a more comprehensive agreement can be reached. Hedge funds unwound bets against American crude for the first time in six weeks, but short wagers remain almost triple what they were in mid-September, according to data released Friday.

There’s been some early profit-taking, Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at OANDA in Singapore, said in a note. Friday’s mega-rally “was built on a combination of not as bad as feared data and optimism on a trade deal that really, only keeps the lights on,” he said.

West Texas Intermediate for December delivery dropped 10 cents, or 0.2%, to $56.10 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 7:42 a.m. in London. It was down as much as 0.7% earlier. The contract jumped $2.02 to close at $56.20 on Friday, falling 0.8% for the week.

Brent for January settlement lost 8 cents to $61.61 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe Exchange. The global benchmark crude traded at a $5.41 premium to WTI for the same month.

Given the amount of crude supply, the market would seem more balanced with WTI in the $50 to $52 a barrel range and Brent at $58 to $60, OANDA’s Halley said in an interview.

Saudi Arabia is pulling out all the stops to ensure the success of Aramco’s initial public offering. The kingdom cut taxes on the company for a third time, revealed incentives for investors not to sell and may boost dividends further. Yet the Saudi government has already conceded the company probably isn’t worth the $2 trillion valuation Prince Mohammed has long advocated.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Sunday in Bangkok that the U.S. and China would likely reach a “phase one” trade agreement this month. Further phases of the deal would depend on things involving legislation on the part of China and an enforcement mechanism, he said.

–With assistance from James Thornhill.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Ann Koh in Singapore at akoh15@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story:
Serene Cheong at scheong20@bloomberg.net
Andrew Janes

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