Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Thursday: Unemployment Claims

by Bill McBride on 12/03/2014 07:52:00 PM

From the WSJ: Saudi Arabia Sees Oil Prices Stabilizing Around $60 a Barrel

OPEC’s biggest oil producer, Saudi Arabia, now believes oil prices could stabilize at around $60 a barrel, a level both it and other Gulf producers believe they could withstand, according to people familiar with the situation.

The shift in Saudi thinking suggests the de facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries won’t push for supply cuts in the near-term, even if oil prices fall further. Brent crude dropped 62 cents a barrel to $69.92 on Wednesday.
Another $10 per barrel decline would be good for the economy!

Thursday:
• At 8:30 AM ET, the initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for claims to decrease to 300 thousand from 313 thousand.