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POSTED BY Ed (4 mths ago)
Why oil prices can’t rise very high, for very long

Oil prices are now as high as they have been for three years. At this writing, Brent is $74.14 per barrel and West Texas Intermediate is at $68.76. These prices aren’t really very high, if a person looks at the situation from a longer term point of view than the last three years.

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There is always a question of how high oil prices can go, and for how long.

In fact, we have many resources, of many kinds, whose prices of extraction keep rising higher. For example, obtaining fresh water for the world’s population keeps getting more and more expensive. Some parts of the world need to resort to desalination.

The world economy cannot withstand high prices for any of these resources for very long. Certainly, it cannot withstand high prices for a combination of necessary resources, because people need to cut back on other purchases, in order to afford the necessities whose prices are rising.

This article is a guest post by another actuary, who goes by the pseudonym Shunyata. He explains in a different way why high resource prices cannot last, whether they are for oil, or natural gas, water, or even fresh air.

https://ourfiniteworld.com/2018/04/19/why-oil-prices-cant-rise-very-high-for-very-long/

COMMENTS

Ed (4 mths ago)
What are the possible causes and consequences of higher oil prices on the overall economy?

As a consumer, you may already understand the microeconomic implications of higher oil prices. When observing higher oil prices, most of us are likely to think about the price of gasoline as well, since gasoline purchases are necessary for most households.

When gasoline prices increase, a larger share of households’ budgets is likely to be spent on it, which leaves less to spend on other goods and services. The same goes for businesses whose goods must be shipped from place to place or that use fuel as a major input (such as the airline industry). Higher oil prices tend to make production more expensive for businesses, just as they make it more expensive for households to do the things they normally do.

It turns out that oil and gasoline prices are indeed very closely related. Figure 3 plots average monthly oil prices from 1990 through early 2008, using the spot oil price for West Texas intermediate (right scale, thin blue line, measured in dollars per barrel) and the U.S. retail gasoline price (left scale, thick red line, measured in cents per gallon).

The two series track each other very closely over time: increases in oil prices are accompanied by increases in gasoline prices. As shown in the graph, the correlation coefficient (denoted “r”) for the two series is 0.98. Moreover, the monthly changes in oil prices and gasoline prices (not shown) also are very highly and positively correlated.

https://www.frbsf.org/education/files/drecon_0711c.gif


I’ve just explained how oil prices affect households and businesses; it is not a far leap to understand how oil prices affect the macroeconomy. Oil price increases are generally thought to increase inflation and reduce economic growth. In terms of inflation, oil prices directly affect the prices of goods made with petroleum products.

As mentioned above, oil prices indirectly affect costs such as transportation, manufacturing, and heating. The increase in these costs can in turn affect the prices of a variety of goods and services, as producers may pass production costs on to consumers. The extent to which oil price increases lead to consumption price increases depends on how important oil is for the production of a given type of good or service.

Oil price increases can also stifle the growth of the economy through their effect on the supply and demand for goods other than oil. Increases in oil prices can depress the supply of other goods because they increase the costs of producing them. In economics terminology, high oil prices can shift up the supply curve for the goods and services for which oil is an input.

High oil prices also can reduce demand for other goods because they reduce wealth, as well as induce uncertainty about the future (Sill 2007). One way to analyze the effects of higher oil prices is to think about the higher prices as a tax on consumers (Fernald and Trehan 2005).

The simplest example occurs in the case of imported oil. The extra payment that U.S. consumers make to foreign oil producers can now no longer be spent on other kinds of consumption goods.3

Despite these effects on supply and demand, the correlation between oil price increases and economic downturns in the U.S. is not perfect. Not every sizeable oil price increase has been followed by a recession. However, five of the last seven U.S. recessions were preceded by considerable increases in oil prices (Sill 2007).4

More https://www.frbsf.org/education/publications/doctor-econ/2007/november/oil-prices-impact-economy/

Ed (3 mths ago)
And here we can see... in very stark terms... the impact of higher oil prices:

Even though the average wages of an American increased 21% since 2009, the median new home price is 60% higher. Part of the reason for the higher new home price is demand but also is the higher cost. For example, the lumber price shut up 170% since the beginning of 2016. When the U.S. median new home price reached a high of $262,000 in 2006, the price of lumber was $330. Today, the lumber price isn’t quite double, but at $592, it’s pretty darn close:

https://d3hxt1wz4sk0za.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Lumber-Price-May9-2018.png


You will also notice that the lumber price fell in mid-2014 to a low of $220 at the beginning of 2016. The falling lumber price was party due to the falling oil price. One of the significant costs for cutting and transporting lumber is energy. As the oil price fell in half by 2016, it impacted the price of lumber. However, the lumber price has increased a great deal more in percentage terms than the oil price and seems to be in a bubble or huge top formation.


https://srsroccoreport.com/the-3-stage-housing-bubble-collapse/

Ed (3 mths ago)
What would happen to the U.S. economy if petroleum prices continue their rapid rise?

University of California, San Diego, economist James Hamilton noted in a recent study that 10 out of 11 post-World War II recessions [PDF] in the United States were preceded by a sharp increase in the price of crude petroleum. The only exception was the mild recession of 1960-61 for which there was no preceding rise in oil prices.

Hamilton has also written a fascinating short history [PDF] of U.S. and global oil price shocks. Until 1974 the United States was both the world’s biggest consumer and producer of crude oil. Although domestic oil production has recently upticked, the U.S. today produces about half the oil it did in 1971. It still is the biggest consumer.

It turns out that boom/bust price shocks have been a feature of oil production ever since Edwin Drake drilled his first well in Pennsylvania in 1859. Before Drake’s well crude oil was being sold for the equivalent of $2,000 per barrel (2009 dollars). After Drake’s discovery, the price of oil collapsed by 1861 to about $2.50 per barrel.

In those days, the products of crude oil chiefly competed against ethanol as illuminants. Oil became increasingly important to the U.S. economy as it took over as the chief transport fuel. In 1900, there were 0.1 internal combustion-engine vehicles per 1,000 residents, rising to 87 by 1920, and reaching 816 in 2008.

More http://reason.com/archives/2011/03/08/oil-price-shocks-and-the-reces

Ed (3 mths ago)
Oil prices: How high before Wall Street freaks out?

History shows that when crude spikes by more than 80% in a year, it can pose serious problems, according to Brad McMillan, chief investment officer for Commonwealth Financial Network. Crude was fetching about $47 a barrel a year ago. That suggests the price to watch is about $85 a barrel. That’s roughly 19% above current levels.

http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/13/investing/stocks-week-ahead-oil-prices/index.html

Ed (3 mths ago)
Gas Is Headed for $3 per gallon. What that means for the US economy

Morgan Stanley estimates that if gas averages $2.96 this year, it would take an annualized $38 billion from spending elsewhere, an upward revision from the bank’s $20 billion estimate in January. That would wipe out about a third of the additional take-home pay coming from tax cuts this year, the analysts said.

Airlines and shipping companies will also be paying more for jet fuel and diesel—costs that may be passed along to consumers. Even companies such as Whirlpool Corp. have noted that higher oil prices have boosted the cost of materials.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/gas-is-headed-for-3-what-that-means-for-the-u-s-economy-1526209200

Ed (3 mths ago)
As oil rises, warnings emerge from U.S. retailers

Worries about rising oil prices have begun to creep into U.S. retailers’ earnings calls, and investors are raising concerns that those costs may slow discretionary spending among Americans and push down the performance of the retailers’ shares.

Walmart and Home Depot Inc also have pointed to increased transportation costs stemming from more expensive fuel and a shortage of drivers, factors that have put pressure on their margins. Walmart’s lower margins sent its shares falling 1.9 percent on Thursday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-retail-oil/as-oil-rises-warnings-emerge-from-u-s-retailers-idUSKCN1II2WL

Ed (3 mths ago)
Summer Travel Plunges Due to Higher Gas Prices, GasBuddy Reveals
May 21, 2018

GasBuddy analyst says strong likelihood national average to hit $3 per gallon this summer

BOSTON – Rising gas prices have put a crimp in travel plans this summer as more Americans are planning staycations instead of hitting the road, according to GasBuddy’s 2018 Summer Travel survey.

According to the annual survey, only 58 percent said they will take a road trip this summer, a 24 percent decrease from last year, while 39 percent cited high gas prices for impacting their summer travel decisions, compared to 19 percent in 2017.

The decrease in motorist’s appetite to hit the road comes at a time when the national average gasoline price is at its highest point since November 2014 due to a recent rally in oil prices because of long-term OPEC production cuts, the U.S. exiting the Iran nuclear deal, declining U.S. oil inventories and high demand. Gas prices are expected to hit $2.95 per gallon on Memorial Day, a 65-cent increase over Memorial Day last year, costing motorists $1 billion more from Thursday to Monday alone.

The impact of high gas prices will be felt well beyond Memorial Day.

“With refineries now well positioned for the summer months, we may see some relief in mid-June, but expect this summer to remain the priciest since 2014 with a strong likelihood of the national average hitting the psychological $3 per gallon barrier sometime this summer should we see any unexpected outages or geopolitical tensions flare,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

https://www.gasbuddy.com/NewsRoom/PressRelease/623?fvm=1

Ed (3 mths ago)
SSE has become the last of the "big six" energy companies to announce early summer price rises, with a 6.7% average increase in gas and electricity bills.

The move will see gas prices rise by 5.7% and electricity prices go up by 7.7% on 11 July for SSE customers on variable deals.

This will mean an average £76 per year rise for 2.36 million customers.

The company said the price rise was the result of increasing costs "largely outside our control".

"We deeply regret having to raise prices and have worked hard to withstand the increasing costs," said Stephen Forbes, chief commercial officer at the company.

"The cost of supplying energy is increasing and this ultimately impacts the prices we are able to offer customers."


http://www.bbc.com/news/business-44300394

Ed (3 mths ago)
After issuing clear warnings on this program that sub-$50 oil prices were going to be short-lived, oil expert and geological consultant Art Berman returns to the podcast this week to explain why today's $70 oil prices will go higher -- likely much higher -- and start materially contricting world economic growth.

Art explains how the current glut of oil created by the US shale boom -- along with high crude output by both OPEC and non-OPEC producers -- is a temporary anomaly. Fundamentally, we are not finding nearly as much oil as we need to continue the trajectory of the global demand curve. And at the same time, we're extracting our reserves at a faster rate than ever. That's a mathematical recipe for a coming supply crunch -- it's not a matter of if, but when:

The price of oil has gone up 30%+ percent just here in the last year alone. There are some very good reasons for that.

In the United States, we've been drawing down our reserves, our inventory and the amount of oil we have in storage, consistently since February of 2017. We're going into the 15th month of drawing from storage each week because we're not producing enough to meet the need.

To those paying attention: the United States is right now producing more oil than it ever has in its history. We are a million barrels a day higher than the peak in 1970 -- the one that King Hubbert got in trouble for warning about. We're higher by 50,000 or so barrels per month of production. Yet, here we are, still sucking oil out of storage. What does that tell you? There is only one way to interpret that: We are using more than we are producing.

Countries like the United States and western Europe; our demand is pretty much stable. We are not a big growing economy anymore. But the emerging markets – Asia, Latin America, and Africa – they are going full bore. That is where something like 80% of world demand growth is coming from.

Never ever lose sight of the fact that the United States imports a ton of oil. I mean we are importing, on average, 7 million barrels of crude oil a day. I mean that is more than many continents use a day. Why are we importing all that when we are also producing 11 million barrels a day?

We are nowhere near energy self-sufficiency, nor do I think we will ever get there.

https://www.peakprosperity.com/podcast/114066/art-berman-think-oil-getting-expensive-aint-seen-nothing-yet

Ed (3 mths ago)
Global oil, gas discoveries drop to 70-year low: Rystad Energy

Oil and gas discoveries around the world dropped last year to their lowest since the 1940s after companies sharply cut back in their search for new resources amid falling oil prices.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-oil-exploration-idUSKBN1521TA


https://www.rystadenergy.com/contentassets/223e36d8393742508538600b2792346f/20171221_discoveredresourcespr.jpg



Growth in oil supply next year is expected to outpace an anticipated pick-up in demand that will push global consumption above 100 million barrels per day (bpd) for the first time, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-oil-iea-idUSKBN1950X4

100m x 365 = 36.5 billion barrels....



In order to encourage more exploration ... we need higher prices... higher prices crater the economy....


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Ed (3 mths ago)
Global Oil Fields in Decline (HSBC)

https://youtu.be/7KfVJBNX2U4

Ed (3 mths ago)
This is the full report...

Interesting that we are half way through the year... and prices are rising dramatically... as one would expect as we hit a supply bottleneck....

Will HSBC be right?



HSBC: Brace for the oil, food and financial crash of 2018

80% of the world’s oil has peaked, and the resulting oil crunch will flatten the economy

https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/brace-for-the-financial-crash-of-2018-b2f81f85686b#.z9uwvj2gd

Ed (55 days ago)
Game Over - Oil Prices Are Going Higher

Summary

The jig is up - even if OPEC increases production now, the production lost from Iran and Venezuela will overwhelm the market.

In a scenario where Saudi and its GCC allies ramp to max capacity, OPEC's total oil production will still fall.

Global oil market balance indicates that the oil deficit will only increase from here on out.

Once OECD oil storage levels fall to a critical level, only will oil demand destruction rebalance the oil markets.

One of our favorite movie scenes comes from the movie "Rounders." It's very rare to have an investing situation line up almost perfectly with your forecast because there are so many elements of the unknown. For example, "What will the future be?" is a good starting point. But in the case of the oil markets, there are two things that will never change: 1) the laws of physics, and 2) the laws of supply and demand. If the oil market is undersupplied, prices will go up. If the oil market is oversupplied, prices will go down.

The goal then is to just figure out where supply and demand are going. Because once you can handicap the variables in the outlook, then it's just a matter of figuring out how certain you are of those odds.

We titled this article "Game Over - Oil Prices Are Going Higher" because we will break down the OPEC variable for you. Even if the Gulf Countries (Saudi and friends) increase oil production in 2019, the world will still be undersupplied because the declines from Venezuela and Iran will offset all the increases and more.

Recap of our bullish oil thesis so far:

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4183852-game-oil-prices-going-higher

Ed (50 days ago)
THE ENERGY CLIFF APPROACHES: World Oil & Gas Discoveries Continue To Decline

As the world continues to burn energy like there is no tomorrow, global oil and gas discoveries fell to another low in 2017. And to make matters worse, world oil investment has dropped 45% from its peak in 2014. If the world oil industry doesn’t increase its capital expenditures significantly, we are going to hit the Energy Cliff much sooner than later.

According to Rystad Energy, total global conventional oil and gas discoveries fell to a low of 6.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Boe). To arrive at a Boe, Rystad Energy converts natural gas to a barrel of oil equivalent. In 2012, the world discovered 30 billion Boe of oil and gas versus the 6.7 billion Boe last year:


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In the article, All-time low for discovered resources in 2017, Rystad reports, it stated the following:

“We haven’t seen anything like this since the 1940s,” says Sonia Mladá Passos, senior analyst at Rystad Energy. “The discovered volumes averaged at ~550 MMboe per month. The most worrisome is the fact that the reserve replacement ratio in the current year reached only 11% (for oil and gas combined) – compared to over 50% in 2012.” According to Rystad’s analysis, 2006 was the last year when reserve replacement ratio reached 100%.

The critical information in the quote above is that the world only replaced 11% of its oil and gas consumption last year compared to 50% in 2012. However, the article goes on to say that the last time global oil and gas discoveries were 100% of consumption was back in 2006. So, even at high $100+ oil prices in 2013 and 2014, oil and gas discoveries were only 25% of global consumption.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, global oil capital investment has fallen right at the very time we need it the most. In the EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2017, world oil capital investment fell 45% to $316 billion in 2016 versus $578 billion in 2014:

https://d3hxt1wz4sk0za.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Total-World-Oil-Capital-Investment-Upstream-768x519.png


In just ten years (2007-2016), the world oil industry spent $4.1 trillion to maintain and grow production. However, as shown in the first chart, global conventional oil and gas discoveries fell to a new low of 6.7 billion Boe in 2017. So, even though more money is being spent, the world isn’t finding much more new oil.

I believe we are going to start running into serious trouble, first in the U.S. Shale Energy Industry, and then globally, within the next 1-3 years. The major global oil companies have been forced to cut capital expenditures to remain profitable and to provide free cash flow. Unfortunately, this will impact oil production in the coming years.

Thus, the world will be facing the Energy Cliff much sooner than later.

https://srsroccoreport.com/the-energy-cliff-approaches-world-oil-gas-discoveries-continue-to-decline/

Ed (50 days ago)
Oil only discoveries:

https://www.vaneck.com/uploadedImages/blogs/blog-images/conventional-oil-discoveries-2016.jpg

Ed (49 days ago)
The Wall Street Journal.

Trump wants oil that the world doesn't have to give

President Donald Trump’s request for more Saudi Arabian oil put a spotlight on growing U.S. unease about how quickly the crude sector has switched from glut to deficit, but a boost in Middle East production may not be enough to stem the price rallies that have hit consumers.

Supply disruptions in major producers like Canada and Venezuela, coupled with strong crude demand from robust global growth, have tightened the oil market faster than many analysts expected. Early Monday, Libya’s state-run oil company said it couldn’t honor contracts to deliver oil at two ports, widening outages there, after rebels blocked exports. Prices have shot up in recent sessions in response. On Friday, U.S. crude ended just over $74 a barrel, its highest since November 2014. Brent, the global price yardstick, is close to $80 a barrel. Early Monday, prices were slightly lower.


That has contributed to rising gasoline prices in the U.S., just months before the midterm elections. GasBuddy, a fuel-tracking app, estimates that prices will be around $2.90 a gallon for the Independence Day holiday, the highest on that day since 2014.


More https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/trump-wants-oil-that-the-world-doesn-t-have-to-give/ar-AAzsIy3?ocid=ob-tw-enus-677

Ed (49 days ago)
HSBC: Brace for the oil, food and financial crash of 2018

80% of the world’s oil has peaked, and the resulting oil crunch will flatten the economy

https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/brace-for-the-financial-crash-of-2018-b2f81f85686b#.z9uwvj2gd

Ed (37 days ago)
World's oil cushion could be stretched to the limit, IEA warns

LONDON (Reuters) - The world’s oil supply cushion could be stretched to the limit due to prolonged outages, supporting prices and threatening demand growth, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-oil-iea/worlds-oil-cushion-could-be-stretched-to-the-limit-iea-warns-idUSKBN1K20V4

Ed (31 days ago)
Hubbert Curve’s Halfway Point May Be Imminent For Conventional Crude

The world has produced as much conventional crude oil cumulatively, as we have currently in proven reserves. Based on Hubbert curve theory, it is an indication of peak oil.

Unconventional resources have helped and will continue to help avoid severe oil scarcity, but it cannot make up for a potential permanent decline in conventional oil production.

If there is one factor which in my view stands above all in regards to why the peak oil theory supporters got it wrong, it has to do with human nature and currently prevailing culture. They felt it was a very important topic in regards to the future of humanity, which they correctly sensed that it had to have imminent implications if it was to gain social relevance. For this reason they ignored other factors such as the effects that price can have on ultimate recovery from fields, as well as to what extent it could support the production of relatively vast unconventional reserves, such as oil sands or shale.

Because they could not accept that such factors could greatly change the outlook for global oil supply they had the timing way off, in the process leading to what I consider to be a temporary, rather than permanent defeat of the theory in the eyes of the public. The reason why I believe that it is a temporary defeat, is because we are still dealing with a finite resource, which at the moment we still have a growing appetite for, which makes dismissing this theory absurd.

As far as new discoveries are concerned, for the past four years in a row, it has been significantly under 5 billion barrels, meaning that less than 10 billion barrels of oil in place per year have been discovered. Current conventional crude oil production is about 27 billion barrels per year.

I think we may perhaps be reaching the point where given the prevailing average price of the past years of around $80/barrel, we are once again reaching the point of peak maximum potential conventional oil production, in the absence increasing recovery rates.

Unconventional cannot make up for potential conventional production losses.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4187991-hubbert-curves-halfway-point-may-imminent-conventional-crude

Ed (30 days ago)
IEA Chief warns of world oil shortages by 2020 as discoveries fall to record lows

LONDON—Global oil discoveries fell to a record low in 2016, the International Energy Agency says, raising fresh concerns about the potential for a petroleum-supply shortage as soon as 2020.

Don’t expect output from U.S. shale producers to fill the void, the IEA said. American shale production is expected to grow by 2.3 million barrels a day or more over the next five years, but that isn’t enough to make up for declining output elsewhere.

The IEA also doesn’t expect global oil demand to stop growing any time soon, potentially turning the current glut of oil into a dearth.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has also sounded the alarm over the potential for a looming supply gap in the long term. Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih told a London energy conference last year that “there will be a period of shortage of supply.”

Shale “is not enough by itself,” the IEA’s Mr. Birol said.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/iea-says-global-oil-discoveries-at-record-low-in-2016-1493244000

Ed (26 days ago)
While the U.S. reached a new record of 11 million barrels of oil production per day last week, the top five shale oil fields also suffered the highest monthly decline rate ever.


This is bad news for the U.S. shale industry as it must produce more and more oil each month, to keep oil production from falling.

According to the newest EIA Drilling Productivity Report, the top five U.S. Shale Oil fields monthly oil decline rate is set to surpass a half million barrels per day in August.


Thus, the companies will have to produce at last 500,000 barrels of new oil next month just to keep production flat.

Here are the individual shale oil field charts from the EIA’s July Drilling Productivity Report:

https://srsroccoreport.com/top-u-s-shale-oil-fields-decline-rate-reaches-new-record-half-million-barrels-per-day/



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Ed (26 days ago)
In just the first seven months of 2018, the total monthly decline rate from these top shale fields increased by 26%. These massive decline rates are the very reason the shale oil and gas companies are struggling to make money.

A perfect example of this in play is PXD, Pioneer Resources. Pioneer is the largest shale oil producer in the Permian. According to Pioneer’s Q1 2018 Report:

Producing 260 thousand barrels oil equivalent per day (MBOEPD) in the Permian Basin, an increase of 9 MBOEPD, or 3%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2017; first quarter Permian Basin production was at the top end of Pioneer’s production guidance range of 252 MBOEPD to 260 MBOEPD; as previously announced, freezing temperatures in early January resulted in production losses of approximately 6 MBOEPD; Permian Basin oil production increased to 170 thousand barrels of oil per day (MBOPD); 63 horizontal wells were placed on production.

Pioneer spent $818 million on capital expenditures (CapEx) for additions to oil and gas properties (drilling and completion costs) during Q1 2018, brought on 63 horizontal wells, and only added 9,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent over the previous quarter.


So, how much Free Cash Flow did Pioneer make with oil prices at the highest level in almost four years??

Well, you’re not going to believe me… so here is Pioneer’s Cash Flow Statement below:


https://d3hxt1wz4sk0za.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Pioneer-Resources-Cash-Flow-Statement-Q1-2018-768x567.png


https://d3hxt1wz4sk0za.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Top-US-Shale-Companies-Q1-2018-Free-Cash-Flow-768x490.png

rrruriko (26 days ago)
What is this implying (TEST)

Ed (26 days ago)
It is indicating... that we have a big problem....

Ed (25 days ago)
How an oil glut could swiftly turn to an oil shortage

Oil industry analysts and executives fear a looming global supply crunch is on the horizon, even as Texas and other parts of the nation keep churning out more oil than ever.

U.S. oil prices could spike from about $70 a barrel now to levels not seen since mid-2014 when oil hovered above $100, analysts say. That would be great for Houston’s oil-rich economy, but only until skyrocketing gasoline prices and supply disruptions spawned a global economic slowdown.


“It’s even more worrisome in a time like this when you have significant geopolitical risks coming from different spots in the world.” said Jamie Webster, senior director at Boston Consulting Group’s Center for Energy Impact in Washington.

Of particular concern is a shortage of global spare oil capacity, Webster said. Many oil-producing countries are on the decline, while others are pumping out almost as much as they possibly can. There’s little remaining margin to boost production if supplies dwindle.

The world’s three largest oil producers — Russia, the United States and Saudi Arabia — are all increasing their outputs this summer, which sent U.S. oil prices from a 45-month high of more than $74 a barrel in mid-July down below $70 per barrel this week. To keep prices low, the White House is even considering releasing more oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which happened last in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

These moves, however, leave Russia and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries with little remaining quick-start oil supplies that can be churned out in an emergency at a time when there’s varying levels of instability and conflict in oil-producing countries like Venezuela, Libya, Nigeria, Iraq and Iran.


More https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/How-an-oil-glut-could-swiftly-turn-to-an-oil-13092902.php

Ed (25 days ago)
Risks are rising that oil prices will cause next recession

- The last five economic recessions all were preceded by a spike in crude oil prices.

- The recent rise in the price of oil has raised the likelihood of a recession, according to market forecasts.

- As Warren Buffett said back in July 2008, as the price of gas went above $4, "exploding" inflation was the biggest risk to the economy.

- But the boom in hydraulic fracturing means that the U.S. oil market has increasing ability to rebalance supply and demand.


“The case for $150 oil is based on the fact that major oil companies slowed capital spending devoted to the search for new sources of supply to their lowest point in a generation, mostly outside of the U.S., when crude oil moved as low as $30 in 2016, Bernstein analysts led by Neil Beveridge wrote. Companies like ExxonMobil and Chevron curtailed capital spending to protect their share prices with stock buybacks and dividends, the report said, and that means a shortage of new supply…

““If we do get oil prices of $100, $125 or $150, you reach a severe pain threshold, and not just for the U.S.” said Bernard Baumohl, chief economist of the Economic Outlook Group in Princeton, New Jersey. “There’s nothing vague or ambiguous about it. You reach a pain threshold in the triple digits, and there is a much higher probability of a global downturn. … It would be cataclysmic.’’”

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/13/risks-rising-that-oil-prices-will-cause-next-recession.html


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