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Oil rises to six-week high as U.S. supply concerns dominate

CommoditiesSep 13, 2021 03:16PM ET
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By Scott DiSavino

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Oil prices rose to a six-week high on Monday as U.S. output remains slow to return two weeks after Hurricane Ida slammed into the Gulf Coast and worries another storm could affect output in Texas this week.

Those price gains came even though the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) trimmed its world oil demand forecast for the last quarter of 2021 due to the Delta coronavirus variant.

Brent futures rose 59 cents, or 0.8%, to settle at $73.51 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 73 cents, or 1.1%, to settle at $70.45.

That was Brent's highest close since July 30 and WTI's highest close since Aug. 3.

"Hurricane Ida’s impact is lasting more than the market expected and as some oil production capacity remains shut this week, prices are rising on supply not being restored and therefore not reaching refineries that have restarted operations quicker than producers," said Nishant Bhushan, oil markets analyst at Rystad Energy.

Further disruption from bad weather could be around the corner, with the U.S. National Hurricane Center projecting Tropical Storm Nicholas will scrape along the South Texas coast on Monday and make landfall near Corpus Christi later tonight.

Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSa) began evacuating staff from a U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil platform and other firms began preparing for hurricane-force winds.

Even though OPEC said further oil demand recovery would be delayed until next year when consumption will exceed pre-pandemic rates, analysts noted OPEC and its allies, including Russia, a group known as OPEC+, were still increasing output.

"Despite near-term risks to the demand outlook, OPEC+ is continuing to increase its output by 400,000 barrels per day each month, in line with what it agreed in July," said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA.

In addition to the OPEC demand forecast, other bearish factors weighed on Monday's oil price gains, including rising U.S. shale output, potential supply increases from planned releases of oil from strategic reserves in the United States and China, and the possibility Iran could be closer to selling oil to the world again.

U.S. oil output from seven major shale formations is expected to rise by about 66,000 bpd in October to 8.1 million bpd, the highest since April 2020, according to the Energy Information Administration's monthly drilling productivity report.

Traders noted China's planned release of oil from strategic reserves could boost supplies available in the world's the second biggest oil consumer.

The U.S. government agreed to sell crude oil from the nation's emergency reserve to eight companies including Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), Chevron (NYSE:CVX) and Valero, under a scheduled auction to raise money for the federal budget.

Hopes of fresh talks on a wider nuclear deal between Iran and the West were raised after the United Nations atomic watchdog reached an agreement with Iran on Sunday about the overdue servicing of monitoring equipment to keep it running.

Oil rises to six-week high as U.S. supply concerns dominate
 

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Me comment Sep 13, 2021 3:53PM ET
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faulty speculation with oil inventories at record high and only 5% of total US oil production down from IDA.
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Sep 13, 2021 11:15AM ET
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we are sitting if reserves higher than pre-covid levels, and demands down 11%. there's no real shortage.
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Todd Gray Sep 13, 2021 11:14AM ET
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demand is so low, there's a glut of oil. China is sitting on vast inventory. productions held back a back. self liquidating credit is abysmal, stimulus payments didn't replace capitol lost to import/exports imbalance. deflation is coming.
Stephen Fa
Stephen Fa Sep 13, 2021 8:14AM ET
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I predict a stable price of over $100 per barrel by 2024.
Bipin Kochar
Bipin Kochar Sep 13, 2021 6:38AM ET
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US should release crude from its strategic reserves to cover at least 75% of the shortfall due to Hurricane Ida till such time normality in production is achieved to ensure WTI remains below $71.
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Jose Maderno Sep 12, 2021 10:07PM ET
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Good old Reuters...completely misleading as usual in their constant barrage of propaganda.  If they go bust it will have been completely earned.
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Mr/Ms,excellent...
 
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