The remarks from Middle East producers "did force investors to look a little bit more closer at the impact of USA sanctions on Iran and certainly there's some questions about the impact that we'll eventually see", Daniel Hynes, a senior commodities strategist at the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd., said by phone from Sydney. This is 27% over mid-2016 and means that United States production is getting closer to that of Russian Federation, which is largest oil producer with about 11 million barrels per day.
Last week, July WTI crude oil settled at $70.68, up $1.10 or +1.58% and July Brent crude oil finished at $77.12, up $2.25 or +3.01%. It was the busiest day in US front-month contracts since August, and for Brent the busiest in nearly a month.
Analysts said the soaring prices were the result of an expected fall in Iranian oil exports.
The People's Republic stands to benefit if it can use its leverage as the world's largest importer of crude by insisting that its oil purchases from Iran be priced in yuan.
OPEC sources said Thursday it's way too early to decide whether to pump more oil to offset an expected drop in supply from Iran after the new US sanctions are in place, Kallanish Energy learns.
Walking away from the deal means that the United States will likely re-impose sanctions against Iran after 180 days, unless some other agreement is reached before then.
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The children did not require medical attention when they were removed from the home. "It's a pretty big house", Magnaye said. She said the "squalor" officers saw while investigating came from her tearing her house apart as she searched for her child.
Michael Wittner, analyst at Societe Generale, forecasts US sanctions will remove 400,000 to 500,000 bpd of Iranian crude from the global market.
Venezuela, whose output has plunged due to an economic crisis, told OPEC its production fell to 1.505 million bpd in April, believed to be the lowest in decades.
"The oil supply/demand balance is roughly in balance now, but it could turn to a complete supply shortage (in case of new supply curbs)". Bank of America Corp. said Thursday that $100/bbl for Brent crude, the global benchmark, is a possibility next year. Much will depend on how other major oil consumers respond to Washington's action against Tehran, which will take effect in November.
"China is the largest commodity producer in the world and the largest commodity consumer in the world, so it would make sense that Chinese futures that are close to the areas of supply and demand would be a more natural benchmark than the US markets", said Marwan Younes, founder and chief investment officer of Massar Capital Management in NY.
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