Oil extends win streak to 4 days, finishes at 6-week high

Oil ended higher Thursday for a fourth consecutive session, with the U.S. benchmark settling at a more-than-six-week high on expectations for stronger demand and efforts by major producers to maintain a cap on crude output. October West Texas Intermediate oil CLV7, +0.02%  on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 59 cents, or 1.2%, to settle at $49.89 a …

Is An Oil Price Spike Imminent?

As the U.S. market begins its recovery from the double whammy served up by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, my earlier projections of where crude oil prices are headed have come true. Just a little quicker than anticipated. As I am writing this, WTI (West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark crude rate for futures contracts written in New York) …

Old Oil Is New Again

Source: Wall Street Journal From California’s Central Valley to the Native American lands of Oklahoma, more small- and mid-sized oil firms—many backed by private equity—are forgoing expensive shale drilling projects and opting for old-school wells instead. As crude prices languish under $50 a barrel, and with increasing costs for land, labor and infrastructure, some shale …

Oil trading ‘god’ Andy Hall says he’s met his match in robots

Astenbeck Capital Management founder Andy Hall is so highly regarded in the oil trading business that he earned the nickname “god.” But Hall has admitted that the value of his analysis has diminished in an age of automated trading. The rise of machine-based algorithmic trading is injecting so much volatility into oil markets, it’s now difficult …

BP profits hit by Angola write-off; CEO says it’s preparing for ‘new oil price environment’

BP beat analyst expectations on Tuesday, despite profits more than halving from the first three months of the year after a hefty charge from an unsuccessful project in Angola. Here are some of the highlights from the earnings: Underlying replacement cost profit, used as a proxy for net profit, $684 million in the second quarter …