OIL RISES ON SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS, US PUSH TO SHUT OUT IRAN
- Oil prices rose on Wednesday, pushed up by supply disruptions in Libya and Canada.
- S. officials said all countries should stop Iranian crude imports from November.
Uncertainty over Libyan exports also supported crude, traders said. Brent Crude futures had risen 18 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last close to $76.49 per barrel by 0604 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate W.T.I. Crude futures were at $70.69, up 16 cents, or 0.2 percent.
The United States demanded all countries stop imports of Iranian oil from November, a State Department official said on Tuesday. Oil markets did not react more strongly to Washington’s pressure as the move was expected. In addition, top exporter Saudi Arabia plans to raise output to make up for lost supplies.
“It is very unlikely the U.S. will succeed in ending Iranian oil sales on this timetable, but we are increasing our estimate of oil likely to come off the market by November to about 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) – another bullish factor for prices,”. During the last round of sanctions, which ended in 2016, several Asian countries received waivers from Washington allowing them to continue to import from Iran.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) on Tuesday reported a 9.2 million barrel reduction in U.S. crude inventories in the week to June 22 to 421.4 million barrels.
Trying to make up for disrupted supply, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said late last week it would increase output.
Top exporter and de-facto OPEC leader Saudi Arabia plans to pump a record 11 million bpd in July, up from 10.8 million bpd in June.
In Libya, a power struggle between the official government and rebels has left it unclear who will handle the country’s large oil exports, although as of Tuesday the oil ports of Hariga and Zueitina in eastern Libya were working normally.
In North America, a supply outage at Syncrude in Canada has locked in 350,000 bpd of crude, with repairs expected to last at least through July.
BUY AT: 71.08, TAKE PROFIT AT: 73.89, STOP LOSS AT: 69.75