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EIA DATA: The stock markets and crude oil bounced as China and the US are moving forward with talks in October. This has been confirmed by a Chinese spokesperson, although it differs from last week’s singular comments by President Trump. WTI has recovered to nearly US$57/b despite a mixed EIA report. Commercial stocks fell last week 4.8Mb compared to an estimate of a decline of 2.5Mb. US domestic production fell 100Kb/day to 12.4Mb supporting higher crude prices. Net imports rose 934Kb/day to 3.84Mb/day. Now that we are past the Labour Day long weekend, demand should weaken and inventories should start building in the coming weeks. Last week demand fell 588Kb/day from 22.2Mb to 21.6Mb. Over the next month consumption should fall below 20Mb/day and inventory builds of 5Mb+ per week should occur. Crude oil has rebounded $3/b over the last week due to the more positive China trade comments and short covering. We continue to believe that as inventory build-ups are reported by the EIA in the coming weeks, WTI will retreat below US$50/b before the end of September.
EARLY OPEC DATA: Early reports from OPEC indicate that Saudi Arabia and Nigeria have increased production above the prior month. If so, this could accelerate the decline into month end. The S&P Bullish Percentage Index remains high (28.6% last Friday) which supports the view that there is more downside pressure ahead.
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CONCLUSION: We expect crude prices to fall during September and October and for the S&P TSX Energy Index to fall below 110 (Friday 128). Bottom line: We may see a double bottom first in October and then again in mid-December when tax loss pressure will once again be painful. Hold cash for now for a great buying opportunity soon.
The 2nd Annual Schachter Catch the Energy Conference will be held at Mount Royal University in Calgary on Saturday, October 19th. This is a rare opportunity for investors to learn more and interact with 26 Energy Sector CEOs. Below are the 26 companies presenting at the conference.
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