Oil prices reversed some early losses to push higher yesterday as markets recovered from their initial shock at U.S presidential election.
Traders said that crude fundamentals remained weak.
President-elect Donald Trump’s election win initially stunned markets and led Ian Bremmer, president of U.S. risk consultancy, Eurasia Group, to warn that “the world is heading into a profound geopolitical recession.”
However, markets shook off deep post-election losses and recovered yesterday.
“After initially selling off as it became clear Donald Trump would be the next president, commodity prices rallied strongly as the flight to safety unwound,” ANZ bank said yesterday in a note on Trump’s victory.
But the bank added that “there are still serious questions marks as to what it means for commodity markets.”
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 15 cents, or 0.3 per cent, from their last settlement at $45.42 a barrel.
WTI was held back somewhat by a 2.4 million barrels rise in U.S. crude inventories to 485 million barrels last week, even though refineries hiked output and imports fell, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.
International Brent crude oil futures traded at $46.70 per barrel, up 34 cents, or 0.7 per cent, from their last close.
BMI Research said Trump’s expected pro oil and gas industry policies might mean that U.S. “production of oil and gas could recover at a faster rate in 2017 as developers grow more encouraged.”
Goldman Sachs said a Trump presidency would likely result in higher investment and, in time, increased U.S. oil output as the new president-elect has said he would de-regulate fossil fuel production.
Internationally, the bank said Trump’s threat of renewed U.S. sanctions against OPEC-member Iran would, in the short-term, lead to higher production as it “would further incentivize Iran to maximise production in the short- term rather than comply to an OPEC freeze.”