Oil aims for 3-day win streak, U.S. benchmark trades near four-month high

Crude-oil futures early Wednesday headed higher for a third straight session, with U.S. crude trading near its highest level since mid-November, amid further evidence of tight supplies and a slowdown in U.S. output.

April West Texas Intermediate crude CLJ9, +1.62% rose 57 cents, or 1%, to reach $57.44 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, which would market its highest settlement, if it holds, since Nov. 12 for a most-active contract, according to FactSet data.

Global benchmark May Brent crude LCOK9, +0.78% gained 43 cents, or 0.6%, to $67.10 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe, putting the international contract on track for its highest finish since late February.

There was a brief delay to some energy futures price settlements on Nymex Tuesday, with Matt Stroud, a CME Group spokesman, citing “a technical issue.”

On Tuesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration trimmed its forecasts for U.S. crude production for this year and next and lifted its 2019 forecasts for U.S. and global benchmark oil prices, according to its Short-term Energy Outlook report released Tuesday.

That report combined with U.S. sanctions on the oil industries in Iran and Venezuela, both members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, has fostered a bullish environment for crude, market participants say.

“Today’s rally was supported by the EIA cutting of both the 2019 and 2020 US production forecasts, which are still expected to deliver record levels,” wrote Edward Moya, chief market strategist at OANDA, in a note.

Looking ahead, the EIA later today releases weekly data on U.S. petroleum stockpiles at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. That comes ahead of a monthly OPEC oil-market, followed by a separate crude outlook from the International Energy Agency on Friday.

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Senior Market Analyst at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute fundamental analysis of geo-political events and monetary policies in the US, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Over the course of his career, he has worked with some of the world’s leading forex brokerages and research departments including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including BNN, CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. He is often quoted in leading print and online publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University. Follow Ed on Twitter @edjmoya ‏
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