US Shale Proving Resilient Despite Oil Price Drop

There’s growing evidence that Saudi Arabia’s attempt to flood the crude market at a time of oversupply and concerns about weakening demand is not working, American oil billionaire Harold Hamm said Tuesday.

“We’re in a predatory pricing environment. That’s what’s happened. The Saudis turned 1.8 million barrels on, and basically their intent was to drown us. But they’ve not got that done. It’s been a monumental mistake for them, I might add, a trillion- dollar mistake,” the founder and chief of Oklahoma-based Continental Resources told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Hamm cited speculation that Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil giant, may sell at least part of its operations in an initial public offering.

“They’re having to sell part of their business to keep doing what they are doing,” he said, referring to the refusal by the Saudis to cut production. “They’re having to sustain a country. We’re sustaining companies here. We cut capex and quit spending money. And ride it out.”

Pressure may be mounting on Saudi Arabia from fellow OPEC members, as crude prices continued to trade around 12-year lows Tuesday morning. Nigeria’s oil minister said a couple members of OPEC have requested an emergency meeting. But other members said the group won’t be gathering to talk about oil prices before their next scheduled meeting in June.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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