Rig Counts Declined Last Week!

Baker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 4 to 983 rigs

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Baker Hughes (BHGE) reports that the U.S. rig count is down 4 rigs from last week to 983, with oil rigs down 5 to 797, gas rigs up 1 to 186, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 0.

The U.S. Rig Count is down 76 rigs from last year’s count of 1,059, with oil rigs down 62, gas rigs down 12, and miscellaneous rigs down 2.

The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is unchanged at 22 and up 3 rigs year-over-year.

The Canada Rig Count is up 15 rigs from last week to 78, with oil rigs up 16 to 38 and gas rigs down 1 to 40.

The Canada Rig Count is down 3 rigs from last year’s count of 81, with oil rigs up 3 and gas rigs down 6.

The Baker Hughes rig count is an important business barometer for the oil drilling industry. When drilling rigs are active they consume products and services produced by the oil service industry. The active rig count acts as a leading indicator of demand for oil products.

Crude oil is up 40 cents to $58.30 per barrel. Brent crude is up 57 cents to $68.33 per barrel.

Note that crude oil is rebounding from its 100-day moving average. The Commodity topped around $66 per barrel in the Spring.

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Rig counts declined by three

  • Baker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 3 to 1,022 rigs last week
  • The U.S. Rig Count is up 14 rigs from last year’s count of 1,008
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Baker Hughes (BHGE) reports that the U.S. rig count is down 3 rigs from last week to 1,022, with oil rigs up 2 to 833, gas rigs down 5 to 189, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 0.

The U.S. Rig Count is up 14 rigs from last year’s count of 1,008, with oil rigs up 18 to 833, gas rigs down 3 to 189, and miscellaneous rigs down 1.

The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is up 1 rig to 23 and up 7 rigs year-over-year.

The Canada Rig Count is down 2 rigs from last week to 66, with oil rigs down 4 to 18 and gas rigs up 2 to 48.

The Canada Rig Count is down 36 rigs from last year’s count of 102, with oil rigs down 23 and gas rigs down 13.

Crude oil (WTI) is up 66 cents to $64.25 per barrel. Brent crude is up 95 cents to $64.27 per barrel.

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Rig counts continue to rise

Baker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 6 to 929 rigs 

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Baker Hughes reports that the U.S. rig count is up 6 rigs from last week to 929, with oil rigs up 2 to 749, gas rigs up 4 to 180, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged.

The U.S. Rig Count is up 332 rigs from last year’s count of 597, with oil rigs up 272, gas rigs up 61, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 0.

The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is down 2 rigs from last week to 20 and down 2 rigs year-over-year.

The Canada Rig Count is up 7 rigs from last week to 222, with oil rigs up 4 to 111 and gas rigs up 3 to 111, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged.

The Canada Rig Count is up 22 rigs from last year’s count of 200, with oil rigs up 11, gas rigs up 13, and miscellaneous rigs down 2 to 0.

Crude oil is up 85 cents to $58.25 per barrel.  Brent crude is up $1.01 to $63.64 per barrel.


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Hurricane Harvey to Push Gas Prices Higher

Hurricane Harvey scheduled to make landfall tonight near Corpus Christi, Texas

Refineries have shut down ahead of the storm

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Hurricane Harvey is a tropical cyclone currently threatening to make landfall in Texas as a major hurricane, which would be the first storm of such intensity to strike the United States since Wilma in 2005 and the first to hit the state since Ike in 2008. The eighth named storm and third hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

Currently, Hurricane Harvey is located within 10 nautical miles of 27.1°N 96.3°W, about 85 miles (140 km) east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, or about 90 miles (145 km) south of Port O’Connor, Texas.

REFINERIES and OIL PRODUCTION

Forty-five percent of total U.S. petroleum refining capacity is located along the Gulf Coast. All of these refineries will shut down for safety reasons.

Oil production operations in the Gulf began shutting down Thursday in response to Hurricane Harvey. Here is what is happening so far:

  • Anadarko (APC) has removed all personnel and temporarily shut in production at their Boomvang, Gunnison, Lucius and Nansen facilities, which are located in the western portion of the Gulf.
  • ConocoPhillips (COP) has taken precaution to evacuate all non-essential personnel from our Magnolia platform in the Gulf of Mexico and they have decided to suspend drilling and completion activities in the Eagle Ford and move non-essential personnel and equipment off the drilling rigs.
  • ExxonMobil (XOM) is in the process of evacuating all personnel from their facilities expected to be in the path of the storm, which includes the Hoover platform and Galveston 209 platform. The Hoover and Galveston 209 platforms are shut-in. Their Hadrian South subsea production system in the Gulf of Mexico is also shut-in.
  • Shell (RDS) shut down production and has secured its Perdido asset and is in the process of returning all personnel working on Perdido to shore.
  • Valero (VLO) said Friday completed the process of temporarily closing two refineries in Corpus Christi and Three Rivers.

As of Friday noon, operators had been evacuated from 39 production platforms — about 5.29 percent of the manned platforms in the Gulf — along with one rig.

As part of the evacuation procedures, operators shut the sub-surface safety valves below the surface of the ocean floor, to prevent releasing oil or gas. That means 9.56 percent of the current oil production in the Gulf has been blocked off, equating to 167,231 barrels per day. In addition, 0.04 percent of the natural gas production in the Gulf has been shut down.

Houston also marks the beginning of the Colonial Pipeline, which transports more than 100 million gallons of gasoline, heating oil and aviation fuel each day to as far as the New York harbor. Power outages during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 forced the shutdown of parts of the Colonial Pipeline for several days.

FLOODING

Hurricane Harvey’s impact on U.S. oil production could extend beyond offshore platforms and Gulf Coast refineries. Extreme flooding threatens to bring Texas shale activity to a halt, and it may take weeks, if not months, before some shale fields can bounce back.

Texas is by far the largest oil producer in the U.S., and at least part of the oil-rich Eagle Ford shale formation lies in the projected path of the storm.

Motorists across the U.S. might see a spike in gasoline prices following disruptions to offshore rigs, refineries, pipelines and terminals. Pump prices could jump 15 to 25 cents a gallon nationwide.


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Rig Count Unchanged!

Baker Hughes reports U.S. rig count unchanged at 952 rigs

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Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE) reports that the U.S. rig count is unchanged from last week at 952, with oil rigs up 2 to 765 and gas rigs down 2 to 187.

The U.S. Rig Count is up 505 rigs from last year’s count of 447, with oil rigs up 408, gas rigs up 98, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 0.

The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is unchanged from last week at 21 and down 1 rig year over year.

The Canadian Rig Count is up 16 rigs from last week to 191, with oil rigs up 1 to 106 and gas rigs up 15 to 85.

The Canadian Rig Count is up 96 rigs from last year’s count of 95, with oil rigs up 62, gas rigs up 35, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 0.

Note that Baker-Hughes was recently purchased GE. Also note that stock symbol has changed to BHGE.

Class A common stock of Baker Hughes, a GE company began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BHGE on July 5, 2017. Shares of common stock of Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) stopped trading on July 3rd.

 

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Rig Counts Continue to Rise!

As long as rig counts continue to rise, crude will stay under pressure

Baker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 6 to 933 rigs

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Baker Hughes  (BHI) reports that the U.S. rig count is up 6 rigs from last week to 933, with oil rigs up 6 to 747, gas rigs up 1 to 186, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 0.

The U.S. Rig Count is up 509 rigs from last year’s count of 424, with oil rigs up 410, gas rigs up 100, and miscellaneous rigs down 1.

The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is unchanged from last week at 22 and up 1 rig year over year.

The Canadian Rig Count is up 27 rigs from last week to 159, with oil rigs up 17 to 91 and gas rigs up 10 to 68.

The Canadian Rig Count is up 90 rigs from last year’s count of 69, with oil rigs up 63, gas rigs up 28, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 0.

STOCKS TO WATCH

The one group that should be benefit from the rig count rise would be Sand and Basic Materials. Stocks such as SLCA, SND, EMES, and HCLP should benefit from the rise, however these stocks are also near their 52-weeks low. These stocks should gradually bottom out at these levels. Other service companies such as SLB, HAL, BHI, TDW, and OII.

WTI crude prices are up 0.6% at $44.72, rebounding after declining by 4.3% over the two previous sessions. This puts in a little space from yesterday’s six-week low at $44.22.

#WTI = West Texas Intermediate

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Crude Oil Higher on Mixed Data

This week’s draw is the seventh week of draws in the last 10 weeks, with a total draw of almost 27 million over the last ten weeks

For the 2017 summer driving season (April–September), U.S. regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average $2.46/gallon (gal), compared with $2.23/gal last summer

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Crude oil is higher following release of #API weekly inventory data. The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a draw of 4.62 million barrels in United States crude oil inventories, compared to analyst expectations of a draw of 3.5 million barrels for the week ending June 2.

This week’s draw is the seventh week of draws in the last 10 weeks, with a total draw of almost 27 million over the last ten weeks.

Gasoline inventories rose 4.08 million barrels last week, according to the API report. Distillate inventories also rose by 1.75 million barrels, while inventories at the Cushing, Oklahoma, site fell by 1.56 million barrels.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration report on oil inventories is due on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Please check Stockwinners Market Radar for the data.

EIA Lowers Brent Forecast

Energy Department’s the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its latest forecast for oil prices:

Reports Highlights
  • North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $50 per barrel in May, $2/b lower than the April average. EIA forecasts Brent spot prices to average $53/b in 2017 and $56/b in 2018. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices are forecast to average $2/b less than Brent prices in both 2017 and 2018. NYMEX contract values for September 2017 delivery that traded during the five-day period ending June 1 suggest that a range of $39/b to $64/b encompasses the market expectation for WTI prices in September 2017 at the 95% confidence level.
  • The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met on May 25 and announced an extension to voluntary production cuts through March 2018 that were originally set to end in June 2017. EIA forecasts OPEC crude oil production will average 32.3 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2017 and 32.8 million b/d in 2018.
  • U.S. crude oil production averaged an estimated 8.9 million b/d in 2016. U.S. crude oil production is forecast to average 9.3 million b/d in 2017 and 10.0 million b/d in 2018. The 2018 forecast exceeds the previous record level of 9.6 million b/d set in 1970.
  • For the 2017 summer driving season (April–September), U.S. regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average $2.46/gallon (gal), compared with $2.23/gal last summer. The higher forecast gasoline price is primarily the result of a higher forecast crude oil price. The forecast annual average price for regular gasoline in 2017 is $2.38/gal.
  • EIA expects the share of U.S. total utility-scale electricity generation from natural gas to fall from an average of 34% in 2016 to less than 32% in both 2017 and 2018 as a result of higher expected natural gas prices. Coal’s forecast generation share rises from 30% in 2016 to 31% in 2017 and 2018. Non-hydropower renewables are forecast to provide 9% of electricity generation in 2017 and nearly 10% in 2018. The generation share of hydropower is forecast to be nearly 8% in 2017 and 7% in 2018. The nuclear share of generation remains just under 20% in both 2017 and 2018.
  • Coal exports for the first quarter of 2017 were 58% higher than in the same quarter last year, with steam coal exports increasing by 6 million short tons (MMst). Coal producers that have completed bankruptcy reorganizations and companies that purchased bankrupt assets have increased both exports and production in 2017. EIA expects growth in coal exports to slow in the coming months, with exports for all of 2017 forecast at 72 MMst, 11 MMst (19%) above the 2016 level. The increase in coal exports contributes to an expected 8% increase in coal production in 2017.

WTI is up 60 cents to $48 per barrel, Brent is up 50 cents to $49.97 per barrel.

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