Crude oil prices are pulling back from three-and-a-half-year highs after a leap in the U.S. oil rig count and a relatively calm weekend when it came to geopolitical tensions. Drillers added 10 oil rigs and 3 gas rigs bringing the total oil rig count to 844, the highest level since March 2015, according to Baker Hughes.
Global equity markets have attempted to trade cautiously higher at the end of the week, as a combination of soft U.S. inflation figures, stronger commodity prices and slightly easing geopolitical tensions seems to have had a small impact on risk sentiment.
Crude oil prices are hovering just below a three-year high as many are still shocked that oil prices are again trading this high. Oil prices started out strong on Iranian-Israeli war tensions but pulled back after data from Genscape put crude storage at Cushing, Okla., at 39.56 million barrels as of Tuesday, up 479,644 barrels from Friday.
Oil has taken off like a rocket as Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria in response to rocket fire overnight. Israel says it targeted Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria, in response to an Iranian rocket attack on the occupied Golan Heights.
U.S stocks ended mixed on the news while oil prices fluctuated in each direction, as investors considered the potential negative ramifications of Trump’s decision. The U.S President adopted a very aggressive rhetoric during the announcement and failed to hold back from his view that the 2015 agreement was “defective” at its core.
Crude prices are going nuclear as President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iranian nuclear accord creating a new risk dynamic for global oil markets. The decision by president Trump to pull the plug on what he said was a horrible deal comes as global oil demand is rising and the lack of investment in the oil patch is making it difficult for global oil production to keep pace with demand.
Crude oil prices surged closing at above $70 a barrel for the first time in three-and-a-half years, only to have a nuclear meltdown in aftermarket trading. WTI further set a record 2.7 million contracts of open interest but fell hard after President Donald Trump tweeted that he would announce his decision on the Iran nuclear deal on May 8, 2 p.m. Eastern.
Persistent fears that President Donald Trump will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal later this week have played a pivotal role behind the price of U.S. crude oil rising above $70 for the first time since November 2014 during early morning trading.