Is the SP 500 Closing in on a Top?
August crude oil prices traded sharply higher during the US session and climbed to their highest level since May 31st. There were a number of supportive features supporting the advance including, hopes that global central bankers might offer up more stimulus to bolster growth, mounting tensions in Iran and reduced North Sea output. Reports earlier that Iran had successfully test fired mid range missiles was seen contributing to the fear premium in the crude oil market, by raising the threat of supply disruptions.
This comes along with talk that lawmakers were working toward a bill to block oil tanker traffic through the Straits of Hormuz. The oil workers strike in Norway continues and has reduced North Sea production by around 250,000 barrels per day. Further support for the crude oil market might have come on expectations that this week's EIA crude stocks report will show a draw in the range of 2.25 to 2.5 million barrels, which is a bit larger than the five year average draw for this week of the year of 1.1 million barrels.
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