Wait and See Mode

Yesterday, WTI crude closed up $0.88 to $53.90/bbl, RBOB closed up $0.0266 to $1.6528/gal, and HO finished up $0.0366 to $1.6994/gal.  No real news drove the market yesterday, just talk surrounding the OPEC/non-OPEC deal and traders waiting to see if participants hold to the agreement starting in the New Year.  The first OPEC/non-OPEC meeting for the monitoring committee is scheduled for January 13th

With WTI crude right above $54/bbl, and a high of $54.29 today, crude is almost at the high for the year.  On December 12th, it reached the high of $54.51/bbl.  As the chart below shows, crude prices have gained 25% since November and further strength is expected with the market on the bullish side as of right now. Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at Sydney’s CMC Markets stated, “There are mixed expectations of the cuts, trading is thin so the first two weeks of January would be critical to watch.  If there’s any misstep or any indication of disagreements to (the deal), we would see crude prices dropping.” 

The API statistics are due out tonight, and DOE statistics tomorrow, both delayed a day because of the holiday on Monday. 

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