CRUDE SLIDES AMID DEMAND AND SUPPLY CONCERNS

China’s economic outlook and the Delta variant tanker were the most recent forces that led to crudes slip to open the month of August. Brent crude at writing was lower by 2.02% at $73.89/bbl while WTI slipped 2.31% and fell to $72.24/bbl. In mid-July OPEC+ met to discuss growing demand and supply increases. After some […]

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Talks of Iranian Nuclear Deal

Today the Biden Administration discussed easing sanctions against Iran which would include oil as a key element. After a five day talk in Vienna this week, leaders returned home feeling optimistic after discussions that President Biden wants to return to the 2015 nuclear agreement that the U.S. withdrew from during the Trump administration in 2018.

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Return To The Deal?

Last week, several world powers convened in Vienna, Austria to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Senior officials from the governments of Iran, United States, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, China, and the European Union aim to determine the next steps the United States and Iran need to take to get back into compliance. The […]

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Confiscated

The United States has completed the sale of over one million barrels of gasoline that were seized from four Iranian vessels last August. The fuel seized came from Iran while being transported to Venezuela, two countries sanctioned by the United States. In addition, the Biden Administration is also looking to detain another tanker believed to […]

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Iraq Seeks to Reduce Iranian Dependence on Energy

Last week, Iraq announced that they are holding a fifth bidding round for exploration and development of natural gas fields in the province of Diyala. Located in eastern Iraq, the fields of Diyala are expected to produce more than 750 million cubic feet of natural gas within the next three years.  This latest round of […]

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China Crude Crunch

President Trump recently threatened to tax, nearly $300 billion dollars of Chinese products, by 10%. The already volatile oil market, seems to have room for some extra volatility. The volatility would largely cycle around China’s response to the U.S. tariffs. If China responds by purchasing oil from Iran, analysts speculate crude could rapidly approach $30 […]

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Middle East Market Momentum?

The latest episode from Iran revolves around an Iranian drone that was destroyed by a U.S. Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz.  According to the U.S. Navy, the drone had flown within 1,000 yards of the USS Boxer and had ignored “multiple calls to stand down.”  The end result, the drone was immediately obliterated.  […]

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Waive Goodbye to Sanctions Exemptions

Global oil prices shot up quickly this week following reports that the Trump administration has decided to let Iranian oil sanctions exemptions expire at the end of the month.  By ending sanctions exemptions, the administration has accelerated its goal of forcing Iran’s oil exports to zero.  At a Monday press conference, Secretary of State Mike […]

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Floating Liabilities

The United States sanctions against Iran’s oil exports entered into full force last week as the United States attempts to cripple Iran’s oil-dependent economy and suppress their nuclear desires.  Although Washington has vowed to halt all purchases of crude from Iran, it recently supplied eight countries with waivers to continue imports without penalty for the […]

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