Monday, November 11, 2013

Is OPEC losing control on world’s crude oil prices?

Since October 16, 2013 West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil decreased in price from $102.49 to $94.11 a barrel, for an 8.2 percent loss, with more to come on the horizon. Good news for consumers with oil companies having enough on hand in cash reserves to make it through yet another pricing adjustment as happened in July 2008. The question on the Oil Producing Export Countries (OPEC) controlling the world’s energy market has been resolved. It has been exactly 40 years since Saudi Arabia and other members of OPEC imposed an embargo on exports of crude oil. Since 1973 US consumers have seen gasoline prices go from $.369 to almost $5 per gallon. Crude oil has rallied back up over to $100 a barrel since the early days of 2009 when West Texas Intermediate crude oil bottomed out at $32 a barrel. Since then the price has been influenced by wars and rumors of wars as well as being threatened by domestic terrorist attacks such as the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year.
More downside should be expected for crude oil and the dive is just beginning now. Major technical support lies at $60-$62, and oil may not bottom until it falls to as low as $40 The weekly Department of Energy inventory report shows a rise for seven straight weeks. Last week, they rose 5.2 million barrels. Over the past four weeks, inventories have risen by 22 million barrels, the second largest increase since February 2009. Domestic oil production, mainly being fed by hydraulic fracturing, is on the rise and the good news is North America will become energy secure by the end of 2014. OPEC has slowly been losing control on pricing the world’s crude oil requirements. Bob van der Valk lives in Terry, Montana and is currently the Senior Editor of the Bakken Oil Business Journal as well as Fuel-pricing Analyst for US petroleum distributors and retail station owners. He can be contacted at:

1 comment:

  1. Wars and rumors of wars, source:
    Luke 21:7 (NLTse)
    [7] "Teacher," they asked, "when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?"
    [8] He replied, "Don't let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah,' and saying, 'The time has come!' But don't believe them. [9] And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don't panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won't follow immediately." [10] Then he added, "Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. [11] There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.
    [12] "But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. [13] But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. [14] So don't worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, [15] for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you! [16] Even those closest to you–your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends–will betray you. They will even kill some of you. [17] And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. [18] But not a hair of your head will perish! [19] By standing firm, you will win your souls.