Brent Remains Near 2015 Highs

Brent Remains Near 2015 HighsBrent Remains Near 2015 Highs

Oil eased on Wednesday, edging lower for a second day, although an unexpected drop in US crude inventories helped keep the price within sight of this week’s 26-month highs.

A rise in the dollar to one-month highs against the euro, following a signal the previous day by the head of the US Federal Reserve that rates will continue to tighten, dampened the broader commodity markets and that weakness fed into oil, Reuters reported.

Brent November crude futures were down 31 cents at $58.13 a barrel, while US crude for November delivery was unchanged on the day at $51.88.

Turkey’s repeated threat to cut oil exports from the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq pushed the price close to $60 a barrel on Monday for the first time since June 2015.

”With a high of $59.49, Brent has failed a first attempt at $60 and we will see if there is enough in the weekly energy inventory statistics to try another attempt today.

“The Dollar Index is rising; it is still far away from the levels seen at the start of the year, but the oil price increase should have a positive impact on CPI which in turn will increase the odds of more US interest rate hikes,” Petromatrix analyst Olivier Jakob said.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday it would be “imprudent” to keep rates on hold until US inflation hit the central bank’s target of 2%.

A stronger dollar often results in weaker oil prices, as non-US investors find it more profitable to sell assets priced in the US currency.

Nonetheless, Brent is set for a 22% gain in the third quarter of this year, its largest rise in the period between July and September since 2004, thanks in part to coordinated output cuts.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and 11 rival producers, including Russia, have committed to output cuts of 1.8 million bpd between January 2017 and March 2018 to help global supply align with demand.


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