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Oil Prices Slump $6 a Barrel to $102 on Wednesday

Global oil prices slumped on Wednesday on reports that U.S. President Joe Biden plans to slash fuel prices for drivers to ease economic hardship ahead of a potential economic recession projected by several experts.

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Global oil prices slumped on Wednesday on reports that U.S. President Joe Biden plans to slash fuel prices for drivers to ease economic hardship ahead of a potential economic recession projected by several experts.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, shed $5.82 a barrel to $108.58, down from $114.4 a barrel it opened the day. It later rebounded slightly to $110.38 at 12:20 pm Nigerian time.

The U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) dropped $6.48 from $109.21 a barrel it opened the day to $102.73 before paring losses to $104.24 per barrel.

Oil Prices Slump $6 a Barrel to $102 on Wednesday

On Tuesday, a senior official of President Joe Biden’s administration was reported to have said President Biden will call on Congress today to pass a three-month suspension of the federal gasoline tax to help ease rising pump prices.

The president is also expected to call for a temporary suspension of state fuel taxes, which are generally higher than federal rates. The senior official added that he will challenge major oil firms to come to a meeting with his energy secretary later this week with ideas on how to bring back idled refining capacity.

“A federal gas tax suspension alone won’t fix the problem we face, but it will provide families a little breathing room as we continue working to bring down prices for the long haul,” a second official said.

Russia’s crude oil sanctions amid an already tight crude oil market continue to sustain higher oil prices. This, coupled with expected high summer demand bolstered oil prices even higher this week.

However, with the U.S. inflation at 8.6% and borrowing costs raised by 100 basis points this year so far, Americans are now complaining about high pumping prices eating into their earnings and household income in general.

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Oil Prices Sustain Bullish Run for Fourth Consecutive Session

Global oil prices appreciated for a fourth consecutive session after it became clear OPEC and allies can not meet their production targets any time soon.

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Global oil prices appreciated for a fourth consecutive session after it became clear OPEC and allies can not meet their production targets any time soon.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, appreciated to $120 a barrel as of 3:20 pm Nigerian time on Wednesday. Representing an increase of $12 from $108 a barrel traded a week ago.

The U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) rose to $112.37 per barrel, up from $99.33 per barrel a week ago.

The increase in prices was a result of sanctions imposed on about 1/5 of global supply by western nations. Russia, one of the world’s largest crude oil producers, was sanctioned for waging war against Ukraine, and eventually, disrupting the global economy.

“Given that almost 1/5 of global oil producing capacity today is under some form of sanctions (Iran, Venezuela, Russia), we believed there is no practical way to keep these barrels out of a market that was already exceptionally tight,” JP Morgan said in a research note.

This concern over global supply outweighed worries about a weaker global economy ahead of the projected economic recession in developed nations, especially with developed economies raising interest rates to curb escalating inflation numbers.

“Investors made position adjustments, but remained bullish on expectations that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would not be able to raise output significantly to meet recovering demand, driven by a pick-up in jet fuels,” said Hiroyuki Kikukawa, general manager of research at Nissan Securities.

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Oil Price Rally as Major Producers Flag Capacity Limits

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Oil prices rallied for a third day on Tuesday as major producers Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates looked unlikely to be able to boost output significantly, while political unrest in Libya and Ecuador added to supply concerns.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose $1.8, or 1.6%, to $111.36 a barrel by 0644 GMT, extending a 1.8% gain in the previous session.

Brent crude futures climbed $1.9, or 1.7%, to $116.99, adding to a 1.7% rise in the previous session.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have been seen as the only two countries in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) with spare capacity available to make up for lost Russian supply and weak output from other member nations.

“A seam of tight supply news bolstered the market. Two major producers, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are said to be at, or very close to, near‑term capacity limits,” Commonwealth Bank commodities analyst Tobin Gorey said in a note.

UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei said on Monday UAE was producing near maximum capacity based on its quota of 3.168 million barrels per day (bpd) under the agreement with OPEC and its allies, together called OPEC+.

His comments confirmed remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron who told U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the Group of Seven nations meeting that the UAE was producing at maximum capacity and that Saudi Arabia could increase output by only 150,000 bpd, well below its nameplate spare capacity of around 2 million bpd.

Analysts also warned political unrest in Ecuador and Libya could tighten supply further.

Libya’s National Oil Corp said on Monday it might have to declare force majeure in the Gulf of Sirte area within the next three days unless production and shipping resume at oil terminals there.

Ecuador’s Energy Ministry said the country could suspend oil output completely within the next two days amid anti-government protests. The former OPEC country was pumping around 520,000 barrels per day before the protests.

Those factors underscore shortages in the market, which have led to a rebound this week, countering recession jitters that weighed on prices over the previous two weeks.

But analysts from Haitong Futures said market sentiment remains fragile with people waiting for clearer guidance for the next move and geopolitical factors in focus.

Leaders of the G7 are discussing a potential price cap on Russian oil that would hit President Vladimir Putin’s war chest while also lowering energy prices.

A French presidential official also called on global powers to explore all options to alleviate a Russian squeeze on energy supplies that has spiked prices, including talks with producing nations like Iran and Venezuela.

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Oil Prices Slip as U.S. Raises Interest Rates by 75 Basis Points

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Global oil prices fell on Thursday as the United States Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised interest rates by 75 basis points on inflation concerns.

This was after the committee had earlier hiked rates by 25 basis points in March to curtail consumer prices. In May, consumer prices jumped to 8.6% forcing the Fed to raise rates by the most since 1994.

The decision dragged on commodity prices as oil traders and investors started cutting down on their positions amid the projected slowdown in global growth due to an increase in input prices.

Brent crude oil, the international benchmark for Nigerian oil, dropped to $115.96 a barrel during the Asian trading session from about $122 it traded on Wednesday before paring losses to $117.62 as of 2:00 pm Nigerian time.

U.S West Texas Intermediate crude oil was hovering around $112.23 a barrel at the time of writing.

On Thursday, the Bank of England (BoE) followed the Fed and raised interest rates by 25 basis points to contain its inflation already at 11%.

“The scale, pace and timing of any further increases in Bank Rate will reflect the Committee’s assessment of the economic outlook and inflationary pressures,” the BoE said.

Stocks in the Euro-area are trading downward after the Swiss National Bank surprisingly raised its policy rate from -0.75% to -0.25% for the first time in 15 years. Like other central banks, the inflation rate has been on the increase in Switzerland in recent months and presently it is at almost 3%.

“Concerns about global inflation are growing. As a result, the dollar is stronger and European equities are falling, bringing oil down with them,” PVM analyst Tamas Varga said.

“This is why oil buyers are currently on the backfoot but since supply issues are still very much present, I believe that the move lower, which started on Tuesday, will not be a prolonged one.”

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