What’s Affecting Oil Prices This Week (Nov. 26, 2018)?

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 11:29am

In the week since our last edition of What’s Affecting Oil Prices, Brent fell $4.18/bbl last week to average $62.84/bbl. WTI fell $3.15/bbl to average $53.81/bbl. Prices have raised slightly heading into Nov. 26. While recent good news might stem the tide of losses, lingering concerns about demand and oversupply will continue to weigh and we expect prices to average $60/bbl this week.

Geopolitical: Neutral

Geopolitics will be a neutral factor in the week ahead although OPEC and non-OPEC oil ministers will likely continue to try and talk up the oil price.

Dollar: Negative

The dollar will be a negative factor in the week ahead. In economic news, the EU has approved Britain’s exit plan, although the plan still faces a tough battle for approval in the legislature.

Trader Sentiment: Negative

Trader sentiment will be a negative factor in the week ahead as markets remain concerned about future demand and global oversupply.

Supply: Neutral

Supply will be a neutral factor in the week ahead. Additional reports continue to indicate that OPEC will likely agree to a production cut next week. While these expectations are lending some support to prices, if a cut fails to materialize or is smaller than expected, prices could move even more sharply lower.

Demand: Positive

Demand will be a positive factor in the week ahead.

Refining: Positive

Refining will be a positive factor in the week ahead.

Ashley Petersen

Ashley Petersen is the Lead Oil Market Analyst at Stratas Advisors, a global consulting and analytics provider for all facets of the oil and gas markets and related industries. Ashley has over 5 years’ experience analyzing crude oil markets with an emphasis on Atlantic Basin fundamentals.

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