Current Thoughts - Oil Price Intelligence, Analysis & Insights
Longer-term implied volatility is still interesting as an investment;
Short-term flat-price (i.e. very near term) directionality is only for those who don't know any better.
Given the work Aremet has been doing with Satellite Big Data companies over the past nine months, it's pleasing to see industry leading technology analysts at Northern Sky Research leveraging our oil industry and trading experience to clarify the real-world marketability of Earth Observation intelligence and data services.
We have grown more skeptical of consensus world-view and foresee a greater probability of a painful correction in oil prices in the near term.
Bullish OPEC and EIA Inventory Data in October completely reverse in November.
We see no reason to change our recommended long-volatility positioning, given uncertain policy implications following the US election, and our assessment of no better than equal probability for OPEC action at the end of November.
Reports from the IEA and OPEC this past week have dispelled the notion of a second-half 2016 recovery, and the new hope is for visible improvement by mid-to-late 2017.
The oil-price trend is down. The momentum of recovery from lows in January to a peak in June has been broken by the resurgence of macroeconomic-related fears, and the emergence of fundamental data suggesting high refinery utilization rates may have overestimated end demand, resulting in unseasonable refined product inventory builds (gasoline).
Remember the Thai Baht in 1998? In the same way, the impact of Brexit on oil prices is not just about the direct, economic impact of potentially reduced physical oil demand from the UK, or even the EU.
The upward trend in current oil pricing has not yet been confirmed by a majority of our milestones. Thus, we still prefer non-directional, long volatility investments for liquid traders and cautious, positive yielding (free cash flow supported) underlying assets for private equity, credit and industry buyers.
We don't see enough evidence of sustainable demand strength, or a coordinated OPEC production cut lead by the Saudi's to unconditionally embrace the notion of "up from here".
The March rally in oil prices has had little to do with a change in oil supply and demand fundamentals.
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