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|08 November, 2018

Thursday outlook: Brent crude edges lower on record U.S. crude output

Oil prices fell on record U.S. crude output. Asian shares surged following Wall Street higher overnight. More commentary on Middle East markets, currencies and precious metals

Image used for illustrative purpose. People attend a ceremony marking the opening of iron ore futures to foreign investors, at Dalian Commodity Exchange in Dalian, Liaoning province, China May 4, 2018.

Image used for illustrative purpose. People attend a ceremony marking the opening of iron ore futures to foreign investors, at Dalian Commodity Exchange in Dalian, Liaoning province, China May 4, 2018.

REUTERS/Muyu Xu
  • Oil prices drop on higher supply
  • Asian shares follow Wall Street higher
  • UAE stocks added gains on Wednesday
  • Dollar trades higher, gold prices steady

Oil prices

Oil prices dropped in early trading on Thursday as data released on Wednesday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed that the United States’ crude production hit a record 11.6 million barrels per day (bpd) in the week ending November 2.

Front-month Brent crude oil futures were at $71.93 a barrel at 00301 GMT, down 14 cents from their last close.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $61.68 per barrel, virtually flat from their last settlement.

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The U.S. had announced late last week that top importers will be temporarily allowed to keep buying Iranian oil.

“The introduction of U.S. sanctions earlier this week against Iran failed to lift the market given the announcement that eight countries, including three of the world’s biggest importers, would receive waivers to carry on buying Iranian crude for up to six months,” Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank, told Reuters.

Global markets

Asian shares surged on Thursday following a Wall Street rally overnight post U.S. midterm elections.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.5 percent.

Wall Street’s main indexes rose more than 2 percent on Wednesday, boosted by the technology and healthcare sectors.

The 10-year Treasury note yield rose to 3.25 percent on Wednesday, its highest since October 9.

“The key point after the midterm elections is that U.S. stocks showed they had developed immunity towards higher yields. The last time long-term Treasury yields were at this level a month ago, they had helped trigger a major fall by stocks,” Junichi Ishikawa, senior FX strategist at IG Securities in Tokyo, told Reuters.

“Steady U.S. fundamentals will support this trend of equities and yields rising in tandem, which should also prop up the dollar in the longer term.”

Middle East markets

Saudi Arabia’s index dropped 0.25 percent on Wednesday as shares in Savola Group, the kingdom's largest food products company, dropped close to 10 percent after the company reported a quarterly loss from a profit a year earlier.

Saudi-listed Al Tayyar Travel Group also dropped 2 percent after posting a quarterly loss.

Dubai’s index gained 0.5 percent as Emaar Properties gained 1.6 percent and Damac Properties was up 1.5 percent.

Abu Dhabi's index erased early losses and ended the day up 0.3 percent as Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank rose 1 percent and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank gained 1.1 percent.

Qatar’s index dropped 1.2 percent Egypt’s index gained 1.3 percent while Oman’s index closed 0.56 percent higher, Bahrain’s index edged up 0.18 percent and Kuwait’s premier index gained 0.44 percent.

Currencies

The dollar was trading higher early on Thursday.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, last traded at 96.19, gaining 0.21 percent.

Against the yen, the dollar edged up 0.1 percent.

Precious metals

Gold prices were steady as the dollar edged higher.

Spot gold was flat at $1,225.61 per ounce at 0115 GMT.

U.S. gold futures was down 0.2 percent to $1,226.6 per ounce.

(Reporting by Gerard Aoun; Editing by Shane McGinley)

(gerard.aoun@refinitiv.com)


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