Crude oil prices continued to trade in low range amid sagging demand and its bleak outlook for remaining part of 2015. Speculators are withdrawing from their previous bets on rising prices. The front-month US crude futures were trading at $44.65 per barrel 12 percent lower than the peak level in October. ANZ Bank forecasts that oil price to remain under pressure for the rest of the year.
It's yet not over for oil prices to go plunging as BP and Shell will report this week that billions of pounds were shelled off their profits as the aftermath of low oil price associated with exploration failures strike two of Britain's biggest companies.
AltaGas Ltd has put its investment plan of C$600 million ($464mn) on hold over an ongoing dispute over the tax on imported equipment. AltaGas has drawn a plan to export Liquefied Natural gas (LNG), but couldn't take it forward as it's involved over a tax dispute with the government. AltaGas is optimistic that the dispute will be resolved shortly and expected to take the project off in November.
By the end of this year and next year, the global oil market will be in a fair and sensible condition. This is according to the expectation of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries secretary-general on Sunday.
It seems like that the whole America is enjoying their savings on gas and takes advantage of the situation while it still favors them. According to the analysis by JPMorgan Chase Institute, about 25 million credit and debit card users were discovered to have spent an entire 80% of their gas savings. These extra expenditures went to restaurants, where a portion also goes to entertainment, groceries, clothes, electronics and appliances.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc CEO Ben Van Beurden said that the company will try its best to make sure investors will still receive dividends amid the low oil price. The statement was released by Van Beurden in an email to investors.
Considering the adverse conditions being faced by the Brazilian oil and gas company, Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras' price estimate has been revised down to $7.41 a share from $10.80.
Oklahoma-based energy company, Chesapeake Energy Corp said it had laid off about 15 percent of its employees and citing the low oil price and gas as the main reason for the move. The second-largest natural gas company in the U.S had laid off 740 workers on Tuesday so far.
Oil prices rose following the indications that stockpiles are declining and drop in drilling activity. The global oil benchmark Brent was up three percent as expectations that less drilling may reduce future oil production and inventories as well. Gasoline futures also surged on renewed demand. US crude's front-month rose 4.5 percent or $2 to end at $46.68 a barrel. Brent rose 3.1 percent and closed at $48.92/barrel. It's learnt that US drillers have called off drilling activity for the past three weeks. It's estimated that the US crude production may drop by 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) the second and fourth quarters this year.
Oil prices dropped further on Friday trading following the alert from the US Central Bank that global economy is weakening. Adding to this, indications that Organization of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) would keep up oil production, in order to maintain its market share, also further dampened the market confidence. Equities on the US and European stock markets opened lower. The fundamentals seem to have turned bearish, fell the analysts. Oil price is expected to be $80 per barrel by 2020.
Oil Prices increased Wednesday, but Shell is not expecting a recovery anytime soon. Lower inventories and oil production in US petroleum supply caused a spike on oil prices Wednesday, but giant oil company Shell admitted it will still take longer before any recovery.
Next month, Iran is going to reduce prices for all its oil grades export to Asia, according to two people who knew the decision. There will be a reduction on the premium on its main light crude over the similar Saudi blend to the narrowest since the end of 2012 as reported by Bloomberg.
Warren Buffett lets go of Exxon shares, and buys refiner Phillips stake because of the fluctuating oil prices. Bloomberg reports that the billionaire investor announced Wednesday that his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. sold some $4 billion Exxon Mobil Corp. shares due to the dreary outlook of crude oil prices, buying instead a $4.48 billion stake from refiner Phillips 66.
Gas becomes less expensive because the bottom has fallen out on oil prices. Crude is responsible for almost half the cost of a gallon of gas, as reported by CNN Money. Since June, prices have been plummeting and according to AAA, the regular gasoline's average price is now at $2.40 per gallon or more than a dollar less than it was a year ago. The plunge has been widespread and average prices are still above $3 in only four states namely: California, Nevada, Alaska, and Hawaii wherein the last two states have everything that is often more expensive.
Commodities such as oil is slowly declining following the Black Monday selling pressure on 24th August raising concern among investors regarding current world economics. China stock took a plunge and Dow Jones Industrial average hit its lowest value for 2015 on that day.
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