‘Red flags’ for the oil marketplace are popping up all over the world


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  • Crude oil prices entered a correction, plunging some-more than
    10% from their Jan highs.
  • While its easy to indicate fingers at the broader market
    turmoil, RBC Capital Markets highlights a series of warning
    signs that could break the commodity even more. 
  • They embody the throng of investors betting on higher
    prices, purgation US production, and rising Chinese
    exports. 

Crude oil prices slumped into improvement — a 10% dump from
their Jan highs — amid the misunderstanding that hit bonds over the
past two weeks. 

But according to commodity strategists at RBC Capital Markets,
investors would be correct not to omit several risks that may
drive prices even lower. Short of sounding “alarm bells” in their
note on Tuesday, the strategists led by Michael Tran pronounced pockets
of the marketplace are getting oversupplied again. That’s problematic
given prolongation cuts led by members of the Organisation of
Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia helped
drive a scarcely 45% convene given last September, and pushed oil
above $60 per barrel.

“Oil prices indispensable a breather and investors should not discount
the counsel signs that have been emerging,” Tran pronounced in the
note. 

He added: “In the view, the marketplace has been overly focused on the
race toward rebalance but realizing that transitory pockets of
oversupply have been rising in the earthy market.”

West Texas Intermediate wanton oil, the US benchmark, traded down
1% at $58.75 per tub at 9:18 a.m. ET on Tuesday. 

In the North Sea, Tran identified the weakening reward that
crudes constructed there, such as Brent, held over their benchmark
contracts. “The Forties differential to front month Brent futures
changed from a reward of 75¢/bbl last month to lows last week of
-50¢/bbl,” Tran noted. “Such extreme debility is demonstrative of an
oversupply or a soggy informal mark market.” He combined that the
sudden
shutdown of the Forties, Britain’s largest oil pipeline,
unsuccessful to pierce oil meaningfully higher. 

Across the Atlantic and in the US, Tran remarkable that shale
producers continue to rush oil, saved by a marketplace that got “too
bullish” on price.

“The bearish outlay tongue clearly took a proxy back seat
while the marketplace rallied over new months, but the spotlight
has returned following the swell in prolongation to levels well
eclipsing 10 mb/d for the first time in almost 50 years,” he
noted. 

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Additionally, the next few weeks will be pivotal to watch as
refineries fire up after their upkeep season. That’s when
the market’s ability to catch US barrels will be tested, he
said.

In Asia, China’s import growth, which scarcely doubled over the
last two years, has been a pivotal source of demand. But its exports
are also rising, Tran said, showing that domestic refineries are
overproducing. 

And nonetheless they’ve been dialed back, Saudi Arabia’s exports are
impending record levels. 

One final, location-agnostic red dwindle is overextended investor
positioning. Passive investors have piled into prolonged West Texas
Intermediate wanton positions given the start of the year. 

“Stretched financier length means that a serve jar to the
market, irrespective of origin, either it be from extended market
jitters or softer earthy fundamentals, can make for violent
swings to the downside,” Tran said. 

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