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Will Crude Oil Reach $68 a Barrel in 2018?

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Crude oil prices are likely to climb close to $68 per barrel mark in 2018. We believe that oil supply will be hit due to a few geopolitical issues if they play out as we expect. Additionally, though high crude prices will be a strong incentive for the shale oil drillers to pump more, their increase is unlikely to tilt the deficit into oversupply.

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Key observations

  1. The OPEC production cut is tilting the crude oil markets to a balance
  2. Rise in the shale oil production is unlikely to equal the increase in demand in 2018
  3. The geopolitical issues can tilt the markets into a deficit
  4. If crude oil breaks out of $55 per barrel, a move to $68 is likely

What are the current market conditions?

OPEC oil production cuts

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The November 2016 production cut by OPEC and its allies is helping the market stabilize. The US crude stockpiles have been decreasing over the past few months, which indicates that the OPEC cuts are having their desired effect, albeit slowly.

The stockpiles in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations is down to just under 3 billion barrels, which is roughly 171 million barrels above the 5-year average. The OPEC wants to bring the inventory levels below the 5-year average.

Reports suggest that the OPEC and its allies will extend the deal, which is set to expire in March 2018 by another 9-months. However, the oil cartel is unlikely to deepen the cuts. In the September quarter, it had produced 32.9 million barrels per day (bpd), as against 33.4 million bpd production in November 2016, prior to the production cut agreement.

In the fourth quarter of this year, the OPEC production is expected to further decline to 32.7 million bpd.

US shale oil production

The main threat to any recovery in crude oil prices is the ever-increasing production of the US shale oil drillers. US crude oil production, which averaged about 9.2 million bpd in the first quarter of this year has increased to 9.56 million bpd by the third-quarter.

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects the average US crude oil production to increase to 9.9 million bpd in 2018, compared to 9.2 million bpd in 2017. That is an addition of 700,000 bpd of supply.

On the other hand, Investment bank Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co (TPH) expects US crude oil production to reach 10.2 million barrels in 2018.

So, on an average, crude oil production by the shale oil drillers is expected to increase by 700,000 bpd to 1 million bpd.

Demand increase in 2018

The global economy is growing at a decent pace, which is expected to increase the demand for crude oil. The US EIA expects the global demand to increase by 1.6 million bpd in 2018.

Therefore, with everything else being equal, this will lead to a faster reduction in crude oil inventory and an improvement in sentiment, but not a large increase in price.

So, why do we expect crude oil prices to increase next year?

What are the events that have changed in the recent past that warrant a change in our view?

For the past two years, oil prices have not responded to geopolitical tensions because of the supply glut.

However, next year, when the markets are in a balance, any geopolitical event that can have an effect on the supply side will tilt the market to a deficit, resulting in a rally in oil prices. What are these events?

The Iran sanctions

President Donald Trump has been a critic of the deal between the US and Iran, which led to lifting of sanctions on the Islamic nation. The deal is called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). As a result of this deal, Iran was able to resume its exports, which have skyrocketed from about 1 million bpd in 2013 to about 2.3 million bpd in September 2017.

President Trump decertified the deal on October 13 but has still not quit the deal. He wants the deal to be renegotiated, however, the remaining countries who were party to the deal and Iran are unwilling to do so.

This creates a tension between the US and Iran. Chances are that President Trump will withdraw from the deal sometime next year to fulfill his pre-election promise of ripping the deal apart.

What are the repercussions if the US quits the deal?

Presently, the EU nations are not in favor of scrapping the deal with Iran. If the US unilaterally withdraws from the deal, Iran’s exports are unlikely to have an immediate effect, until the EU decides to support it. After all, EU has been the major consumer of Iranian oil since sanctions were lifted.

However, Iran’s fields are aging. They need fresh investments to keep the oil flowing at the current rate. If the US quits the deal, it is unlikely that major oil companies, that have operations in the US will enter Iran. This can limit the capital flows to the Islamic nation’s oil sector.

As an immediate effect, the US sanctions will “put at risk a few hundred thousand barrels of Iranian exports,” Goldman Sachs wrote in a research note. However, these are only estimates and the real impact will be known only after the US withdraws from the deal. Due to the uncertainty, the markets are likely to boost prices higher, until it gets a clear picture of the effects.

Geopolitical tensions in the gulf can lead to a severe shortage of oil

The northern Iraq region – Kurdistan – is a semi-autonomous region, which recently declared Independence from Iraq. This has led to a conflict between the two. While the Iraqi forces have declared their victory in the important oil-rich region of Kirkuk, the victory is not final because the Kurdish army did not put up a fight initially to defend the oil-rich region.

However, both the Kurdish peshmerga and the Iraqi army have been trained by the US. Therefore, if the conflict is not resolved quickly, through a dialogue, it can turn bloody and lead to disruption of about 600,000 bpd of oil supply.

“Oil prices could spike a lot higher on this development because this time is different, after years of war in the region. The battle, finally, is for the oil, and no other reason. In other words, here we go,” John Kilduff, partner at energy-focused investment manager Again Capital, told CNBC.

Unless a permanent solution is reached, we expect these issues to linger on and again crop up in 2018, propping prices higher.

What does the chart forecast?

The WTI crude has been broadly trading in a range of $42 and $55. Oil has taken support close to the $42 levels four times in the past year and a half. Therefore, this is a strong support level and can be used as a stop loss for our positions.

On the upside, the zone between $50 and $55 has been a strong resistance. Oil has struggled to breakout of this zone. However, if any geopolitical event triggers a breakout above $55, a rally to $68 levels is likely, which is the minimum target objective of a breakout from the range.

How can we benefit, if crude rallies according to our expectations?

The best way to benefit from the rise in crude oil is to trade the oil futures, but due to their volatility, it is not advisable to hold it for the long-term.

The oil-based ETFs can offer an opportunity to take a position in oil. Individual energy stocks are also another means of benefitting from a rally in crude oil.

We shall soon identify the best oil-based ETF and stocks that can offer good returns in 2018.

Risk to our analysis

Our analysis is based on the assumption that the existing geopolitical issues are unlikely to be sorted out within the next year. However, a good dialogue can easily put an end to these, thereby invalidating any risk-premium to crude oil.

Also, consistent high prices above $50 can increase the US shale oil production, much higher than the currently anticipated levels. This will prevent the markets from balancing out.

Due to infighting among its members, the OPEC and its allies can opt out of the production cut deal,  which will boost supply and can lead to a crash in crude oil prices.

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Daily Analysis: Stock Rally Fades as Walmart Weighs on Sentiment

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Monday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2715 -0.73%
DAX 12,487 0.81%
WTI Crude Oil 61.56 0.02%
GOLD 1331.00 -1.84%
Bitcoin 11720 6.24%
EUR/USD 1.2336 0.61%

It’s been another very hectic session in US equities, with the main indices diverging substantially, as it has been the case ever since the market made it back to the key break-down levels of the crash two weeks ago. The rally through those key levels was not an easy feat, as we expected, and although the Nasdaq cleared the hurdle last week, and even added a bit to its gains today in early trading, the S&P 500 and the Dow failed to follow the tech benchmark.

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S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dow has been pushed lower by Wal-Mart (WMT) throughout the day, as the retail giant (now officially named Walmart) disappointed with its earnings report, with especially the crucial on-line segment missing the growth estimates, putting WMT’s quest against Amazon into doubt. Jeff Bezos’s crown jewel popped higher after the release and that helped to widen the gap between the Dow and the Nasdaq.

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WMT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

A monster-sized Treasury issuance was the other main event of the day, as bond markets are still nervous because of the rapid rise in yields, but the market absorbed the bonds without any major issues and yields finished the day little changed.

We maintain our bearish short-term view on stocks, despite the strength in the Nasdaq, and a test of the correction lows still seems likely in the coming weeks, but as the long-term uptrend is still intact short positions should still be treated as counter-trend trades, with strict risk management.

Forex Markets and Commodities

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar, which rallied strongly in early trading, remained stable compared to its main peers amid the Treasury issuance and the stock sell-off, with even the safe-haven Yen failing to rally against the Greenback. The reserve currency gained significant ground against commodity-related Aussie and Loonie too, and we expect that trend to continue, should the re-test in the stock indices materialize.

Oil had a mixed session, with an early rally and a late sell-off, similarly to stocks, as the further escalation of the Syrian conflict remains a gloomy option for the Middle East, while the broader market trends and the US supply surge are pushing the price of crude lower.

Gold also pulled back yet again of its rally highs, continuing its correction, as the Dollar strength hurt precious metals despite the late-day risk-off shift.

Cryptocurrencies

The segment had a mixed day, with Bitcoin gaining and most altcoins losing ground, in the wake of the bullish news flow surrounding the largest coin. The slight increase in volatility in US stocks “spilled over” to the crypto market in late trading, with most coins finishing the US session on a negative note.

While the losses were relatively small in most valuable digital currencies like Ethereum, Ripple, NEO, Bitcoin Cash, and Cardano, the real outlier was Litecoin, which pushed above $250 after breaking-out from its short-term correction, while also weathering the late-session sell-off.

Stellar/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stellar and IOTA were the weakest majors, losing more than 5% on the day. Stellar now gave back most of its post-crash relative strength, as it remains stuck in a broad declining trend, although it is still well above the crash lows, and a break-out remains likely in the coming week, similarly to the other slightly lagging coins.

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Technical Analysis: Bitcoin Still Pushing Higher as Altcoins Mixed

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The day that kicked off in a bullish fashion for cryptocurrencies turned slightly negative for the majority of the coins in the second half of the session, as US stock markets re-opened after the long weekend. Bitcoin, Ethereum Classic, and Litecoin were the early leaders of the segment, but only the most valuable coin stayed bullish throughout the session, as both LTC and ETC ran into resistance in the second half of the day.

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BTC, which was boosted by the positive news regarding the Bitcoin Core Wallet’s SegWit introduction, topped $11,700 for the first time in more than a month, and the coin is getting close to the $200 billion mark in market value yet again.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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As the currency hasn’t completed the previous short-term correction, with the MACD indicator still showing overbought readings, another pullback in the coming days wouldn’t be a surprise, but the short-term uptrend is clearly intact.

The $13,000 and $14,250 levels are ahead as the next major targets, with a weaker level near $12,000, while support is now at $11,300, $10,000 and between $9000 and $9200.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

As we mentioned, Litecoin and Ethereum Classic both pulled back in late trading, while the largest altcoins, Ripple and Ethereum failed to rally in the first place, as the majors are diverging considerably. XRP and ETH drifted sideways throughout the session, while turning slightly lower later on and Ethereum is still struggling with the strong resistance ahead.

The declining trendline is just above the current price level, and the short-term relative weakness reinforced our view that further correction is likely before a clear break-out, with key support levels found at $845, $740, $625, and $575, and resistance above the trendline at $1000 and $1175.

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Pre-Market: US Stocks Return on a Bearish Note after Long Weekend as Dollar Rallies

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After the hectic session on Friday, US equities took a long break thanks to the Presidents’ Day yesterday, but the technical setup that we have been monitoring remained intact. The major indices formed a short-term top exactly in the Line-In-The-Sand area that seemed likely to stop the post-crash rally at least temporarily.

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S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The key levels to watch during today’s session will likely be 2735 and 2700 in the S&P 500 (25350 and 24800 in the Dow), but below 2735 the benefit of the doubt is on the bears’ side.

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So short-term, we continue to lean on the bearish side here, at least short-term and we expect the market to head for a test of the correction lows in the coming period. European and Asian markets continue to underperform their US peers, despite the strength in the Dollar, and that doesn’t bode well for bulls, as Europe has been spearheading the decline so far.

Dollar Still in the Center of Attention

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Europe bounced higher today following the release of the better than expected (but worse than the latest) German ZEW Economic Report but that didn’t stop the drift lower in the common currency. The EUR/USD pair fell back below 1.2350 after the fake-out on Friday that indeed proved to be a bull trap as we speculated, and a test of the rising trendline is now possible in the coming days.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On a positive note, the main safe-haven assets, the Japanese Yen and Gold, are also losing ground to the Greenback today, and that could point to a less significant shift in the risk appetite of investors.

That said, commodity currencies are still under pressure, and they have been a good proxy so far for judging the risk-on/risk-off divide, and with oil and copper turning lower this morning, another round of selling could be underway.

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking at the bond markets, rates are edging higher across the yield curve and the Volatility Index (VIX) is also on the rise again, and all looks set for another active day in US markets, with plenty of trading opportunities in equities and currencies alike.

We expect Wednesday to be the most interesting day of the week, as the arguably most important release, the FOMC meeting minutes will come out in late trading. Until then, the volatile, technicals-led trading could continue.

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