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Oil Swings Above $90 Caught Between Tight Market and Iran Talks

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(Bloomberg) Oil fluctuated as traders weighed a continued bout of market strength against risks to the current rally, including the addition of supplies from Iran.

Futures in London shifted between a little over $91 and $90, after a tumultuous start to the week that has seen prices retreat after hitting multiyear highs. Crude futures, as well as other commodities, are in backwardation, indicating tight supply, and vital North Sea crudes are being bid at record premiums.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said global oil stockpiles will decline in January and February, in part because it revised last month’s consumption sharply higher. That was tempered, however, by a forecast that stockpiles will then increase for the rest of the year, driven in part by growth in American crude production.

Oil swings after surging to the highest level since 2014

Oil’s sizzling rally has paused this week after a run of seven weekly gains propelled prices to the highest since 2014. A flurry of diplomacy in Vienna has spurred renewed optimism of a breakthrough in talks to resurrect Iran’s nuclear deal. Meanwhile, France’s President Emmanuel Macron suggested the political tension around Ukraine could ease.

“Oil-price sentiment has thus far been dominated by a tightening imbalance,” said Stephen Brennock, an analyst at PVM Oil Associates.

  • West Texas Intermediate for March delivery slipped 0.2% to $89.15 a barrel at 8:44 a.m. in New York
  • Brent for April settlement was little changed at $90.73

White House Economic Adviser Jared Bernstein said in an interview on CNN that releasing more crude reserves is an “option that can be put on the table as needed” to help tackle gasoline prices. That tactic, however, has had little impact so far, with motor fuel rising to the highest in more than seven years.

See also: America’s Frackers Are Back, and Looking Leaner: David Fickling

The American Petroleum Institute reported another drop at the key storage hub at Cushing, while signaling that nationwide inventories shrunk by 2 million barrels, according to people familiar with the data. Official figures from the EIA are due late Wednesday.

Other market news:
  • Almost two years after widespread Covid-19 lockdowns began, traffic in the world’s cities still hasn’t returned to normal.
  • U.S. oil output will grow more than the government previously expected as a price rally drives producers to boost drilling.
  • Validus Energy, an oil driller that just nine months ago bought assets from Ovintiv Inc., is now exploring selling itself, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

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