• The Crude Chronicles – Episode 44

    Weakening Risk Sentiment Subdues Oil Recovery The CFTC COT report for the week through June 15th shows that the net long position saw a reduction of 21, 637 contracts, taking the total position to 546,272 contracts. This latest adjustment in WTI positioning reflects the return of fresh risk factors over recent weeks which have created […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 43

    Risk Sentiment Recovers, Helping Oil Prices WTI prices have seen a week of much reduced volatility with the market trading a subdued $5 dollar range over the week. Despite the lack of volatility, the market is at least on course to end the week in the green currently as the broad rebound in risk sentiment […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 42

    Stifled Action Despite Important Developments It’s been an interesting week for oil albeit a somewhat frustrating once as despite some key developments we haven’t seen much market movement. OPEC+ agreed to extend the current production cuts by a further month at a special meeting held this week. The extension was well signalled and did little […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 41

    Mixed EIA Report WTI prices were seen extending their recent rally this week as global investor appetite continued to improve despite the ongoing unrest in the US. Oil prices have seen steady buying over recent weeks as global stay-at-home measures have continued to be reduced. With many economies making firm tracks towards full reopening, the […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 39

    Oil Demand Continues To Rise The oil market has seen a further recovery this week amidst a broad pickup in risk sentiment as global stay-at-home measures continue to ease. Parts of America have been re-opening over recent days as well as some European countries, fuelling hopes of a return to normality as more businesses begin […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 37

    Recovery Rally Marches On The CFCT COT position report showed that investors increased their net long exposure by 35% last week, with the total upside position rising to a fresh 16 week high. Long positions have been building steadily following the explosive rout seen at the end of April when the continuous futures contract dropped […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 36

    Crude Long Positions Building The CFTC COT positioning report showed that large speculators and hedge-funds (non-commercials) increased their positions in WTI last week by 76,511 contracts to a total position of 587,180 contracts. This brings the net long position back up to its highest level in over 18 months despite the recent rout in oil […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 35

    Negative Oil Prices Crude oil prices have seen record moves this week as the capitulation in concerns for the demand outlook resulted in a downside shock with prices breaking below $0 for the first time on record. Printing lows of -$37.63 on Monday at the worst of the decline. The dramatic sell-off comes on the […]

  • What Caused Oil Prices To Turn Negative?

    COVID-19 Creating Historic Market Conditions The COVID-19 crisis which has dominated both financial and mainstream news flows this year has created unprecedented conditions in both people’s lives and in financial markets. With central bank’s launching themselves into fresh rounds of easing in a bid to help support the global economy, the Fed has taken the […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 34

    Oil Hits Fresh Lows It’s been a frustrating week for oil bulls. Following the mild decline seen from last week’s highs, losses have been extended this week with price trading down to fresh 2020 lows as news of a massive over-supply has dampened trader sentiment and fuelled further speculative selling. Oil price had been higher […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 31

    Oil Slide Pauses For Now Following weeks of heavy selling, WTI prices have seen some minor demand this week allowing prices to recover somewhat. The uptick in prices has been linked to the rally seen across risk markets this week as investors begin to digest the massive wave of central bank easing which has been […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 30

    WTI long Positions Reduced Again The CFTC COT positioning report showed that net long positions in WTI crude dropped by 972 contracts last week to 387,397 contracts in total. The move was the result of a 24,635 contract short position which overtook the 23,663 contract long position. WTI prices have seen a steady cascade lower […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 27

    Oil Sinking As Risk Appetite Evaporates The CFTC COT report reflected an increase in upside positions in WTI last week of 14,995 contracts. This latest increase in long positioning takes the total bullish position to 411,764 contracts. The increase in upside exposure came despite the growing mood of risk aversion in the markets in response […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 26

    Crude Recovers On COVID-19 Optimism Benchmark WTI prices have risen over the week as the rebound in global investor appetite helped oil recover from earlier losses in the week. Negative headlines attached to the growing economic impact of COVID-19 were leaning on oil prices at the start of the week, seeing a broad risk-off tone […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 25

    Benchmark WTI prices have had a much stronger session this week with prices recovering to highs of mid $51 from recent lows of $49. The recovery has largely been attributed to the recovery in global investor appetite over this week. OPEC Cuts Demand Outlook Investor uncertainty has been lower over the last month due to […]