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by Martin on October 19th, 2021

Oil Prices Rise in Anticipation of Cold Weather in the Northern Hemisphere

On Tuesday, October 19, oil prices are growing by 0.47% and have been trading near $84.89 per barrel for a year. December Brent crude oil futures are at $84.71, November WTI crude oil futures are up 0.78% to $82.33.

Oil prices rallied in response to Monday’s drawdown as lower temperatures in China, the world’s largest energy consumer, rekindled concerns about China’s ability to meet heating demand amid power shortages.

Recall that yesterday Brent crude oil fell in price after China published data on economic growth, which disappointed the market, but in the face of lower temperatures as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere and rising demand for heating, prices for oil, coal and natural resources. gas is likely to remain high. So, according to meteorologists, cold weather has already come in China, and in the northern regions the temperature is predicted to drop to almost zero. At the same time, according to Bloomberg, the OPEC + countries in September continued to overfulfill their obligations to cut production – the level of execution of the deal is estimated at 115%. not all countries were able to increase production on schedule.

Coal futures in China rose 7.8% on Tuesday, as did risky assets such as equities in general, due to some risk-on sentiment in the global market. It is expected that the rise in coal and natural gas prices in Asia will force some end consumers to switch to cheaper oil as an alternative, which, in fact, is fueling prices for “black gold” as a substitute for coal and gas.

At the same time, electricity shortages, which are driving up prices, are also hurting China’s economic growth, which slowed to its lowest level in a year, according to yesterday’s data. China’s daily crude oil refining rate also fell last month to its lowest level since May last year.

The containment of oil prices, in turn, is facilitated by the growth of shale oil production in the United States. According to the official report, next month, production is expected to increase even more in the largest shale formation in the United States, which will still act as a factor of pressure on oil prices.

Separately, it should be noted that according to the latest data, the execution of the OPEC + deal in September amounted to 115%, which indicates that it is still difficult for many oil exporting countries to increase production of “black gold”. Thus, Angola and Nigeria suffered from a lack of funding for the oil industry and problems with maintenance, which led to an oil shortage in West Africa.

The price of Brent crude oil has returned below the support level of $ 85 per barrel and is trading at $ 84.89. Stochastic lines are in the overbought zone, which indicates limited growth for the instrument in the short term.


By Martin

Martin is a professional trader with 3 years of working experience in a Cyprus-based brokerage. After the experience, he moved to the UK where he became a financial news reporter at a local news outlet. His years of trading experience help him deliver the most quality news, while also analyzing its impacts on various markets.

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