Sunday, October 10, 2010

Crude Oil and Energy Headlines For Sunday Evening Oct. 10th

Crude Oil Rises a Second Day Amid Speculation Fed May Buy Debt to Boost Economy

Crude Oil advanced for a second day in New York as the dollar fell against the euro after bigger than expected U.S. job losses spurred speculation that the Federal Reserve will buy more debt to boost the economy. Futures rose 1.2 percent on Oct. 8 after the Labor Department said that employers cut 95,000 workers in September following a revised 57,000 decrease in August. The median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News was for a drop of 5,000. A weaker U.S. currency increases the appeal of commodities as an alternative investment.

“The market is pricing in a high probability of quantitative easing and so the U.S. dollar has come off,” said Ben Westmore, a minerals and energy economist at National Australia Bank Ltd. in Melbourne. “A lot of it seems to be because of the weaker non-farm payrolls number.” Crude for November delivery gained as much as 76 cents, or 0.9 percent, to $83.42 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and was at $83.13 at 12:43 p.m. Sydney time. Futures climbed 99 cents to $82.66 on Oct 8. Prices are up 4.8 percent this year.

The dollar lost 0.3 percent to $1.3978 per euro, after closing at $1.3939 on Oct. 8 in New York. The Fed may purchase bonds in a strategy known as quantitative easing, weakening the U.S. currency and boosting dollar denominated commodities. Brent crude for November settlement climbed as much as 53 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $84.56 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange in London. It jumped 60 cents, or 0.7 percent, to $84.03 on Oct. 8.......Read the entire article.

OPEC May Maintain Oil Output in Vienna on Uneven Economic Growth

OPEC may leave oil production unchanged when it meets in three days’ time because signs of a recovery in demand have yet to emerge among the world’s developed economies. The oil market is “a little oversupplied,” Mohamed al- Hamli, the oil minister of the United Arab Emirates, the third- biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, said Oct. 9. OPEC members are all exceeding their allotted quotas after prices surged 78 percent in 2009 and a further 4 percent this year.
Fuel demand in the U.S., the world’s biggest oil consumer, dropped 6.4 percent to 18.5 million barrels a day, according to the U.S. Energy Department, the biggest weekly decline since 2004. Oil prices are forecast to slide this week, according to an Oct. 8 survey of 33 analysts by Bloomberg. “I don’t think there will be any shift” in quotas by OPEC, Qatari Oil Minister Abdullah al-Attiyah said in a phone interview yesterday after meeting in Kuwait with ministers from Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf nations. “Producers and consumers are happy” with current oil prices, he said.
Crude oil closed at $82.66 a barrel in New York last week, about the same level as when the group last met on March 17. Growth in oil demand will be uneven next year, with the International Energy Agency forecasting a 4.3 percent increase in China and a 0.8 percent retraction in Europe’s five biggest countries. OPEC members, which supply 40 percent of the world’s oil, meet Oct. 14 at the group’s headquarters in Vienna........Read the entire article.

Hedge Funds Raise Bullish Bets on Oil to Five Month High

Hedge funds raised bullish bets on oil to the highest level in more than five months amid speculation that the Federal Reserve will enact further stimulus measures to keep the economic recovery on track. Hedge funds and other large speculators increased wagers on rising crude prices by 44 percent in the seven days ended Oct. 5, according to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s weekly Commitments of Traders report. It was the highest level since April 23.
“The writing has been on the wall for the rally in crude oil for the last few weeks,” said Hamza Khan, an analyst with Schork Group Inc., a consulting company in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Crude has rallied 12 percent since Sept. 17 amid growing evidence that the Fed will need to start debt purchases to prevent the world’s biggest economy from sliding back into a recession, weakening the U.S. currency and boosting dollar denominated commodities. The dollar depreciated 1.1 percent last week, while crude advanced 1.3 percent.
Oil for November delivery rallied 99 cents to settle at $82.66 a barrel on Oct. 8 on the New York Mercantile Exchange after the Labor Department said U.S. employers cut hiring more than forecast in September, trimming 95,000 workers. The median estimate of 87 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News was for a decline of 5,000 jobs........Read the entire article.

Courtesy of Bloomberg News


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