Sunday, January 07, 2018

Oil Rigs "Total US oil rigs were down 5 to 742 this week"

by Bill McBride on 1/07/2018 11:32:00 AM

A few comments from Steven Kopits of Princeton Energy Advisors LLC on Jan 5, 2017:

• Total US oil rigs were down 5 to 742 this week

• Horizontal oil rigs declined again, -2 to 650

• The reticence of operators to add rigs in the face of surging oil prices is remarkable. It suggests we are seeing a second inflection point with even greater restraint from operators. (The first inflection point for this cycle occurred in July.)br />
• Oil price bears will find no comfort in this report. Expect oil prices to continue to rise until we see life in the horizontal rig count.
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• Incredible price action again this week, with WTI breaching the $62 threshold, and the Brent spread holding around $6.50.
Oil Rig CountClick on graph for larger image.

CR note: This graph shows the US horizontal rig count by basin.

Graph and comments Courtesy of Steven Kopits of Princeton Energy Advisors LLC.