|Day's range||55.28 - 55.60|
China's coal demand will start to fall in 2025 once consumption at utilities and other industrial sectors reaches its peak, a state-owned think tank said in a new report, easing pressure on Beijing to impose tougher curbs on fossil fuels. The world's biggest coal consumer is expected to see total consumption fall 18% from 2018 to 2035, and by 39% from 2018 to 2050, the CNPC Economics and Technology Research Institute, run by the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), forecast in a report on Thursday. Cutting coal consumption and replacing it with cleaner energy like natural gas and renewables has been a key part of China's energy strategy, but it has continued to approve new mines and coal-fired power plants and support new projects overseas.
Oil prices clawed back the previous day's losses on Friday, with Brent nudging above $60 a barrel, as tighter supplies from key producers offset slowing demand growth and investors await clues on the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy. Brent crude rose 29 cents, or 0.5%, to $60.21 a barrel by 0629 GMT, while U.S. crude futures were at $55.53 a barrel, up 18 cents, or 0.3%. "Oil is set to trade quietly today as it's all about the Jackson Hole (meeting) tonight," said Jeffrey Halley, a Singapore-based senior market analyst at brokerage OANDA.
Low liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices amid abundant supply and weaker Asian spot demand this year have created the perfect buying opportunity for European gas buyers
The Jackson Hole symposium started on Thursday and although there were no speeches, which appears clear is that the Fed is unlikely to ease rates substantially. Gold prices moved sideways and appear to be forming a topping pattern. Medium-term momentum has turned negative as the MACD (moving average convergence divergence) index generated a crossover sell signal.
The crude oil markets continued to show bearish pressure, as we have fallen on Thursday. This should not be much of a surprise considering the breakdown that we had later in the day on Wednesday.
The British pound took off to the upside during the trading session on Thursday as we pierced the 1.2250 level early in North American trading as Boris Johnson speaks in France. Ultimately, this is probably much to do about nothing.
Based on the early price action, the direction of the December Comex gold futures contract into the close is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the pivot at $1517.50.
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The Canadian dollar edged higher against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday, adding to the previous day's gains, as oil prices increased and investors awaited the Federal Reserve chairman's speech. The price of oil, one of Canada's major exports, rose on a drop in U.S. crude inventories and OPEC-led supply cuts, although worries about the global economy capped gains. U.S. crude oil futures were up 1% at $56.11 a barrel.
Russian state oil major Rosneft has become the main trader of Venezuelan crude, shipping oil to buyers in China and India and helping Caracas offset the loss of traditional dealers who are avoiding it for fear of breaching U.S. sanctions. Trading sources and Refinitiv Eikon data showed Rosneft became the biggest buyer of Venezuelan crude in July and the first half of August. It took 40% of state oil company PDVSA's exports in July and 66% so far in August, according to the firm's export programs and the Refinitiv Eikon data, double the purchases before sanctions.
OPEC's share of the global oil market has sunk to 30%, the lowest in years, as a result of supply restraint and involuntary losses in Iran and Venezuela, and there is little sign yet producers are wavering on their output-cut strategy. Crude oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries made up 30% of world oil supply in July 2019, down from more than 34% a decade ago and a peak of 35% in 2012, according to OPEC data. The decline in prices, should it persist, and erosion of market share could raise the question of whether continued supply restraint is serving producers' best interests.
Shares in the London-listed oil company, which has struggled with its debt pile in recent years, were up 5% as of 0909 GMT following the news. The company reported a 10.4% rose in oil and gas output to 84,100 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in the first half of the year. Premier said it launched the sale process for its 25% stake in the Zama field in Mexico after raising its resource estimate in June.
Premier Oil will announce a second reserves upgrade for its Catcher oilfield in the North Sea at the end of the year, Chief Executive Officer Tony Durrant told Reuters on Thursday. The field has reached a plateau production rate of 70,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, Durrant said in a telephone interview after Premier reported a rise in first-half profit.
Australian miner South32 said it was in “exclusive talks” to sell its South African coal mines to local miner Seriti Resources. The offer includes a “modest” up-front cash payment with a deferred payment mechanism to allow both companies to share in any coal price increase, the Australian miner said. The world’s largest mining companies are under growing pressure to sell their thermal coal assets because of coal’s contribution to global warming.
Crude oil imports into the world's third-largest consumer declined 1.2% from a year earlier to 19.34 million tonnes, but increased 14.6% from the previous month. Petrol imports rose to 230,000 tonnes in July, the highest since PPAC data going back to 2011. Government data published earlier this month showed sales of gasoline, or petrol, were 8.8% higher from a year earlier at 2.52 million tonnes.
Oil prices weakened on Thursday on worries about the global economy and as equity markets were on edge over the uncertain outlook for U.S. interest rate cuts. Traders are awaiting a speech from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Friday in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that could indicate whether the U.S. central bank will continue to cut interest rates. "The market will be shifting focus today to broader based macro headlines with comments out of Jackson Hole likely to be prioritised in this regard," said Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates.
New U.S. oil production is set to account for the vast majority of new crude supply as consolidation in the large basins, led by oil majors, ensures that drilling will continue at a steady pace
From trade wars, to slowing industrial activity and a struggling global economy, oil markets are looking facing a worrying period of bearish sentiment
WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Small and mid-sized Alberta oil producers are looking to increase drilling as early as this autumn after the Canadian province exempted a dozen of them from government-mandated oil production cuts, boosting the struggling industry. Alberta's previous New Democratic Party government imposed production limits in January to drain an oil glut that built up due to congested pipelines. On Tuesday, the new United Conservative Party government extended curtailments through 2020, citing a delay to Enbridge Inc's Line 3 replacement that could swell inventories again unless the limits remained in place.
Alberta has announced an extension of the obligatory oil production cuts approved by the previous government on the grounds that it is uncertain when new pipeline capacity would come on stream
The crude oil markets have been very noisy as of late, and as a result it’s very likely that we will continue to go back and forth quite violently. Looking at this market, it’s very likely that we see a lot of trouble determining the trend in the short term.