Monday, October 14, 2019

Oil Prices

by Calculated Risk on 10/14/2019 09:24:00 AM

From Reuters: Oil falls due to caution over first phase of U.S.-China trade deal

Oil prices fell more than 2% on Monday as scant details about the first phase of a trade deal between the United States and China undercut optimism over a U.S.-Sino thaw that had helped lift crude markets by 2% at the end of last week.
Oil Prices Click on graph for larger image

The first graph shows WTI and Brent spot oil prices from the EIA. (Prices today added).

According to Bloomberg, WTI is at $53.44 per barrel today, and Brent is at $59.13.

Prices collapsed in 2008 due to the financial crisis, and then increased as the economy recovered.   Oil prices collapsed again in 2014 and 2015, mostly due to oversupply.

Oil Prices The second graph shows the year-over-year change in WTI based on data from the EIA.

Six times since 1987, oil prices have increased 100% or more YoY.  And several times prices have almost fallen in half YoY.

Currently WTI is down 28% year-over-year.

Just a reminder that oil prices are volatile!