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Oil up over 4%, reset by Mideast crisis; all eyes on Iranian supply 

Published Oct 09, 2023 04:48AM ET Updated Oct 09, 2023 04:11PM ET
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Investing.com - Crude prices were up 4% Monday as the latest Middle East crisis  reintroduced geopolitical risk into the oil trade in a way unseen in years, resetting markets that just days ago were depressed more by concerns over the global economy.

New York-traded West Texas Intermediate, or WTI, crude for delivery in November settled up $3.59, or 4.3%, at $86.38 per barrel. The US crude benchmark rose to as high as $87.23 earlier.

London-traded Brent for the most-active December contract settled up $3.57, or 4.2%, at $88.15. The session high was $89 — just a dollar short of bringing the global crude benchmark back to the key bullish mark of $90 per barrel. 

"The bullish gap up momentum in WTI continues with stability above the critical 50-day EMA, or Exponential Moving Average, of $85," noted Sunil Kumar Dixit, chief technical strategist at SKCharting.com. "If this support holds, expect a retest of the Daily Middle Bollinger Band of $89.00. But if WTI breaks below $85, it will trigger a pull back towards the gap at $83 and extend decline further to $81."

Oil traders tried to ascertain the immediate impact of the deadly Hamas attack on Israel and the threat of escalating conflict on the outlook for oil supply from Iran - the world’s fifth largest crude exporter.

Without loss of Iranian barrels, oil might not rise too much from this crisis

John Kilduff, a partner at New York energy hedge fund Again Capital, who has spent two decades analyzing the impact of Middle East geopolitical strife on oil, likened the crisis to the “reset” sought by bulls hoping for a game changer in crude, after a woeful start to October trading.

“While there’s a huge immediate shock value, as well as durability and elasticity, in this crisis, what will matter in the end is the actual impact on oil supply, not implied,” Kilduff said. “Are the Iranians without doubt the sponsors of this attack, and if so, will the war vowed by Israel end up severely debilitating Iran’s oil shipments?” 

“Also, will the US, after a long period of scant sanctions enforcement against Tehran’s oil, double down as well? If these things don’t happen the oil price could come back down.” 

Vivek Dhar, analyst at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, had a similar view, saying "For this conflict to have a lasting and meaningful impact on oil markets, there must be a sustained reduction in oil supply or transport. If Western countries officially link Iranian intelligence to the Hamas attack, then Iran’s oil supply and exports face imminent downside risks.”

“Even if Israel doesn’t immediately respond to Iran, the repercussions will likely affect Iranian oil production,” Bloomberg oil columnist Javier Blas wrote. “Since late 2022, Washington has turned a blind eye to surging Iranian oil exports, bypassing American sanctions. The priority in Washington was an informal détente with Tehran.” 

“As a result, Iranian oil output has surged nearly 700,000 barrels a day this year – the second-largest source of incremental supply in 2023, behind only US shale. The White House is now likely to enforce the sanctions.”

As of Monday, production cuts by the global group of oil producers known as OPEC+ looked set to continue as well, with no change indicated by Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman.

The Saudis and Russians, who jointly lead the OPEC+, are withholding a daily supply of 1.3 million barrels between them, while the rest of the 23-nation alliance is contributing to a squeeze of another 2 million barrels or more.

“I honestly believe that the best thing I could say is that the cohesion of OPEC+ should not be challenged. We’ve been through the worst, I don’t think we will have to go through any terrible situation at all,” Abdulaziz, the Saudi energy minister,  said on the sidelines of a climate conference in Riyadh.

“Yes, we may be delayed with a decision on what to do, but I would not forfeit the precautionary approach, even if it goes beyond a month or two, or three or four months, or five months,” he added. 

Early last week, oil hit more than one-year highs of $95 for WTI and $97 for Brent, responding to the aggressive OPEC+ cuts. 

From there, the market tumbled on a backdrop of macro and economic factors as US Treasury yields hit 16-year highs and the dollar soared to a 10-month peak while consumption of gasoline — the No. 1 fuel product in the United States — hit a seasonal low of 25 years.  Specifically, US crude fell 9% last week and Brent 11%, the biggest weekly slump since March. It was a selloff deeper than any weekly rally in oil over the past three months.

“(That) this conflict could widen and drag in the West means the risk of future sanctions against Iran are growing,” said Ed Moya, analyst at online trading platform OANDA. “This is not going to be a quick war between Israel and Hamas, which means we could see oil behave more like a safe-haven if the geopolitical landscape deteriorates.” 

“The oil market will remain volatile as potential supply disruptions will also need to counter falling global travel demand.”

(Peter Nurse contributed to this article)

Oil up over 4%, reset by Mideast crisis; all eyes on Iranian supply 
 

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Michael Benson
Michael Benson Oct 09, 2023 7:40PM ET
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The market is showing signs of recovery.
Saad Bhayo
Saad Bhayo Oct 09, 2023 3:21PM ET
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me need a money
Kerry Ditto
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ridiculous stock mkt behavior. maybe it is fraud.
Maximus Maximus
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why is it ridiculous? and why do you think this ridiculousness might be fraud?
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Oct 09, 2023 2:25PM ET
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Why would Iran produce less oil what rediculous article?
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to push the price up
Gonzalo Ribeiro
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The West will puse to enforce sanctions, something that was somewhat stalled due to an attempt at detente. Iran has been exporting a lot of oil to Asia
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Iran will not produce less, it will produce the same as before; the only difference would be some oil produced and sold in more hidden manner and less in open manner. In total, this cannot affect the oil market.
Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan Oct 09, 2023 2:25PM ET
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Gonzalo Ribeiro  Thanks for enlightening Ken. He obviously needs to read more of a story, before commenting.
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Oil will keep rising to 200 maybe $300 per barrel. Keep watch. Sam Altman says the government is trying to control Bitcoin. Shows you how much this man knows, Bitcoin can never be controlled by any one entity, one key fact that this man disregarded. Anybody that trusts Sam Altman is a very unwise person.
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Barani Krishnan Oct 09, 2023 8:06AM ET
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$300 eh? Goldman's Currie will love you. LOL
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Patrick Mueller Oct 09, 2023 8:06AM ET
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drugs are bad
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Oct 09, 2023 8:06AM ET
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francis.. every now and then, somebody will come around and post completely wild and unrealistic estimates with no basis in reality.. today it was your turn...
Barry Nickerson
Subbuilder Oct 09, 2023 5:30AM ET
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Oil prices soar...3%.  Orange juice went up 7%.  What's the correlation?
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Warm Camp
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Barry Nickerson  The oil price went up today, mostly because it dropped too much last week. Not sure about orange juice :).
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'warm camp' again, you show the world just how little you know..
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Maximus Maximus  Comparing to you, Maxie, everyone is a wizard, so…
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Maximus Maximus  Maximus/ Brad This guy called Warm Camp just told me, or effectively Investing.com, to stop covering the gold market. "No one cares about gold, barani" were his words. I replied: "Whatever your thoughts are, we serve a larger readership. For the same reason, all the major news services have gold as part of their markets coverage. You need to understand some basics, before trying to sound representative or exerting your opinions on others" And he came back with this: "You need to understand market basics, before trying to pump an obsolete, dead-end topic". Can you even believe this guy? Does he go around telling the same to all other news services and their reporters who cover gold?
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lol, thanks Barani, that's interesting. 'warm camp' here is trying to live up to his orange idol, with traits of narcissism and (attempts at) manipulative behaviour. however, he's not smart enough to pull it off..
 
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