After a two-day slide, US crude has rebounded in the Wednesday session. In North American trade, US crude futures are trading at $52.23. Brent crude futures are trading at $55.37, as the Brent premium stands at $3.14. On the release front, Crude Oil Inventories posted a gain of 4.1 million barrels, well above the estimate of 0.9 million. On Thursday, the US releases Unemployment Claims.
Crude prices remain volatile this week. The commodity dropped sharply in the Monday and Tuesday sessions, dropping some 5.5 percent over that period. Much of the decline was attributed to an increase in the number of oil rigs operating in the US and Canada. Higher oil prices have made it more profitable for North American rigs to commence production, which could offset lower production levels from OPEC and other producers. At the same time, heavyweights Russia and Saudi Arabia appear to have lowered production as of January 1, as required by the recent oil exporters agreement. This has led to a rise in crude prices on Wednesday. This trend of sharp fluctuations in crude prices could continue as the markets monitor production levels and try to determine if the huge global oversupply of crude is in fact getting smaller with the recent oil exporters agreement taking effect.
The US released key employment numbers on Friday, and the markets responded with a thumbs-up, which boosted the US dollar. Wages rebounded in December, as Average Hourly Earnings climbed 0.4%, edging above the estimate of 0.3%. This marked a strong turnaround after the November reading of -0.1%. The news was not as bright from Nonfarm Payrolls, which dropped to 156 thousand, well off the estimate of 175 thousand. This marked a 3-month low, but the dollar still posted gains. The unemployment rate edged up to 4.7%, matching the forecast.
Wednesday (January 11)
- 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 0.9M. Actual 4.1M
- 11:00 President-Elect Donald Trump Speech
- 13:01 US 10-year Bond Auction
- 13:20 US FOMC Member William Dudley Speech
Thursday (January 12)
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 266K
*All release times are EST
* Key events are in bold
WTI/USD for Wednesday, January 11, 2017
WTI/USD January 11 at 12:45 EST
Open: 51.00 High: 52.34 Low: 50.75 Close: 52.23
WTI USD Technical
- WTI/USD was flat in the Asian and Europeans sessions. The pair has posted considerable strong gains in the North American session
- 52.22 is a weak support level
- 58.32 is the next resistance line
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 52.22, 46.54, 40.57 and 33.22
- Above: 58.32, 65.05 and 72.99
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