Oil Market Resilience Amid Unexpected Stock Increase

As the oil market rebounds despite an unexpected increase in US stocks, the participants watch the unfolding dynamics with keen interest.

Oil Market Rebounds

Despite the beginning of the week seeing a significant drop in oil prices, the market has shown resilience, with prices rebounding strongly on Thursday, following a key vote in favour of resolving the impasse over the US debt ceiling. This change in the market is attributed to the optimism following the US Congress's decision to raise the debt ceiling, reducing the likelihood of a default on payment and boosting risk assets. However, persistent concerns about China's demand, the world's largest crude oil importer, limit the gains.

Unexpected Increase in US Oil Stocks

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Contrary to analysts' predictions of a 1.1-million-barrel decrease, US commercial crude oil reserves surprised the energy markets when the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a significant increase of 4.5 million barrels. This unexpected rise is attributed to an increase in imports. Despite this, the market remained on an upward trajectory, indicating a strong demand for crude oil, gasoline, and kerosene.

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OPEC+ Meeting and Market Speculation

Another major event for the oil markets is the upcoming meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and their allies (OPEC+). The meeting, scheduled for Sunday (Jun-4) in Vienna, could potentially represent a new opportunity for the cartel to adjust their production levels. While analysts lean towards a cautious approach with the maintenance of the current production level, the probability of tightening increases as prices drop.

As the oil market navigates these complex dynamics, the questions remain: How will the unexpected increase in US oil stocks impact the global oil market? What decisions will be made at the upcoming OPEC+ meeting, and how will they influence oil prices? I invite you to share your thoughts and insights in the comments below.

WTI Crude Oil – Summary Map:

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Energy Charts:

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Sébastien Bischeri,
Oil Trading Strategist