The U.S. and China conclude their two-day trade talks in Beijing today with President Trump tweeting this morning “Talks with China are going very well!” This tweet and word that China had their top trade official, Liu He, attend the talks early this week have boosted equity and oil markets along with it as February WTI trades higher today to $49.42/barrel despite growing U.S. oil production.
Oil prices fell more than 1% yesterday hitting 14 month lows after reports of an increase in U.S. inventories along with surging shale output.
As we approach the holidays, here are a few things oil and gas companies are juggling:
Khalid Al-Falih is viewed as one of the most influential individuals in the global oil market. Investors, traders and other energy experts pay attention when he delivers a message. Yesterday, the Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said that Saudi Arabia will be ready to “meet any demand that materializes to ensure customers are satisfied”. Shortly thereafter crude markets began to slide downward.