Trump Says Banks Are Not Lending

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Regardless of who you are or how much money you have, banks are just not lending, says Donald Trump, Trump Organization chairman & president.

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Hugh Hendry Latest CNBC Video, March 2009

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Latest Hugh Hendry video interview on CNBC. Hugh Hendry is my favourite hedge fund manager and TV commentator. Fantastic videos.

Hugh Hendry thinks we are in a deflationary spiral.

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Did the Devil turn the S&P at 666?

In modern popular culture, 666 has become one of the most widely recognized symbols for the Antichrist or, alternately, the Devil. Earnest references to 666 occur both among apocalypticist Christian groups and in explicitly anti-Christian subcultures such as that surrounding some heavy metal bands.

An appearance of the number 666 in contemporary Western art or literature is more likely than not an intentional reference to this number of the Beast symbolism. Such popular references to 666 are too numerous to list.

The S&P 500 Index reversed at 666. Can this be the low of this mega bear market? As they say, the devil is in the details.

Arthur Cashin: Bear Market Rallies are Short, Violent, Sharp













Art Cashin, director of floor operations for UBS Financial Services said that "in the old trader`s handbook says that bear market rallies are short, violent, shart and die on low volume."

"Readers have to watch the volume. When volume dries up, the market will roll over."

"We are going to have some kind of a retest on the lows. Yesterday`s rally was 70% short covering."

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Hugh Hendry says Short Stocks, Buy Dollars

Hugh Hendry told CNBC today:

"I've honestly never known a time of near-universal conviction that we have to worry about inflation today. For quantitative easing there's no successful precedent. It has never, ever succeeded."

Hugh Hendry is very bullish on the US dollar and said,

"I can't buy enough dollars"

Hugh Hendry is short on precious metals and does not fear inflation:

"Gold, silver, I'm shorting them right now. (Inflation) is coming back in the future. All I'm saying it is just an unprofitable proposition at the time"

Despite Tuesday's strong rally in the stock markets, shares are not a good investment, said Hendry, who continues to bet on government bonds.

"I dare you to touch an equity today. Tell me you're making money on equities"

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Meredith Whitney Video - Credit Cards Companies will be Unprofitable This Year













Meredith Whitney talks to Maria Bartiromo and comments the landscape for the credit cards. Are they the next shoe to drop?

Meredith said she would buy Goldman Sachs at 70, not at 100.

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley will benefit from taking more market share. The other players are out of the market.

Meredith Whitney says Credit Cards are the Next Shoe to Drop

Meredith Whitney wrote in the Wall Street Journal that "credit cards are the next credit crunch," as contracting credit will lower consumer spending and hurt the U.S. economy even more.

"Few doubt the importance of consumer spending to the U.S. economy and its multiplier effect on the global economy, but what is under-appreciated is the role of credit-card availability in that spending," Whitney told the WSJ.

American Express, Visa and Mastercard have been performing better then the banks. Will they be under fire in the near future?

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Outlook for Oil Prices and Energy Stocks













Tim Seymour on the oil market outlook:

- Opec meeting next week;
- Contango is diminishing, going away, that is bullish for oil prices;
- Conoco makes sense in a relative basis at least, higher beta play then Exxon;
- European oil stocks are cheap, BP and Total with 9% and 7% dividends;

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Chinese Deflation?

China's CPI fell for the first time in 6 years last month, raising the threat of deflation. Consumer Price Index fell 1.6% from the year before, with easing food prices contributing to the decline.

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Dennis Gartman says Buy US Stocks




It’s time to become bullish. Buying stocks these days is almost like shopping at a five and dime." In other words, they're real bargains out there. This week I started buying stocks.

Because they're the maker of real things. Things that if you dropped on your foot they would hurt. It’s time to stand up and say I want to own wonderful companies that have been around for years and pay dividends. And most of these stocks have stopped making new lows.

Dennis Gartman stock picks includes, Dow Chemical, Alcoa, Chesapeake Energy, Family Dollar, Bunge and Suncor Energy.

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Warren Buffett sees High Inflation Ahead, Video




"We are certainly doing things that can lead to a lot of inflation"

Warren Buffett on CNBC, March 09, 2009

These are the interview highlights:

"The economy, ever since we talked in September, we talked about it being an economic Pearl Harbor and how--what was happening in the financial world would move over to the real world very quickly. It's fallen off a cliff, and not only has the economy slowed down a lot, people have really changed their behavior like nothing I've ever seen. Luxury goods and that sort of thing have just sort of stopped, and that's why Wal-Mart s doing well and you know, and I won't name the ones that are doing poorly."

"And I've never seen the consumer or the Americans just generally more fearful than this. And they're also confused. And you can get fearful very quickly, but you don't get confident, you know, in five minutes. You can get fearful in five minutes, but you won't get confident for some time. And government is going to play an enormous factor in how fast it comes back. And if you're confused and fearful, you don't get over being fearful till you aren't confused."

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Oil Keeps Rallying

Oil prices hit new highs for the year, as the oil rally continues.

Oil has been ready for a recovery, and historically it's hard to find a 30-day window kinder to the market than about March 15 through April 15, said Tom Kloza, publisher and chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service.

The sazonality is good for oil prices and they are coming out of a very oversold condition so prices should continue to go higher.

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Dresdner Kleinwort Technical Analyst says Oil Will Move to 51 USD

Oil may rally near $51 a barrel if the market continues to close above its 55-day mean, according to technical analysis by Commerzbank AG’s Dresdner Kleinwort unit.

“Nymex crude continues to show signs of embryonic recovery in its range,” Dresdner analyst Karen Jones said in a research note today. “We look for recovery to $50.50 to $51.”

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Bloomberg`s Energy Page

Bloomberg`s Energy dedicated page is a good resource for oil traders. In this page you can track oil prices, natural gas prices and the market moving news.

Here is the Link.

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Jim Cramer: Worst Case Scenario for Dow Jones is 5320

Jim Cramer run a study on the DJIA and his worst case scenario for the index is 5320. That would be the most extreme scenario, where Alcoa would trade at 2 dollars per share, Dupont at 11, Exxon at 56 and JP Morgan at 11.

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Jim Cramer: Buy Oil Stocks

Oil has bottomed, Jim Cramer said during Wednesday’s Stop Trading! on CNBC.

He recommended that investors start buying the oil stocks like Occidental Petroleum, Exxon Mobil and Hess.

“Most of these companies are going to make a lot of money” Cramer said, as long as oil stays above forty dollars a barrel.

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Boone Pickens on Oil Prices

Boone Pickens forecasts that the price of oil will rise to 75 dollars/barrel by the end of 2009 as the economy starts its recovery.

Still, he expects demand is going to surpass supply by 2011, and the price of oil will once again jump up.

“I say 60 a barrel before it drops below 40” said Pickens to the business TV channel CNBC.

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Futures Down in Pre Market Trading

Oil futures are falling 3 percent in pre market Globex trading, after yesterday`s rallyn, as U.S. stock futures pointed to a lower opening on NYSE.

Crude oil for April delivery fell 1.2 dollars, or 3 percent, to 44.2 a barrel on Globex.

Traders are disappointed with the lack of new stimulus packages from China officials and are selling oil and other risky assets like the australian dollar and stocks.

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China`s Manufacturing Data, PMI Rose in February

The main gauge of China's manufacturing sector, its PMI, rose in February, suggesting the biggest asian economy is already recovering.

Chinese PMI index rose for the 3thh month in a row in February as factories restocked in anticipation of an early revival in the economy following the chinese stimulus package.

The figures were contrast to data released earlier this week in the United States, which have showed the economy is still contracting.

This is very important for crude oil futures. China was the main driver behind the last bull market in oil and can fuel the recovery in oil futures once again.

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Supertankers are Anchored

Supertankers that once travelled the world to satisfy a rising thirst for crude oil are now parked offshore, loaded, anchors down. In the United States, vast storage farms for oil are almost out of room. So oil companies and investors are stashing crude, waiting for demand to rise and the bear market to end so they can turn a profit in a future oil bull market.

As demand for crude has fell of a cliff, the world suddenly finds itself awash in oil that has nowhere to go.

It's been less than a year since oil prices hit record highs, but now producers and traders are struggling with the new reality: The world wants less oil, not more.

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Doug Casey Long Term Picks

Doug Casey gave an interview recently where he outlined his long term trend investment picks:

"In terms of long term trends you have got to be long gold, long silver, long oil; you have to be short bonds. "

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Oil Crashes on Market Turmoil

Oil is down sharply today in line with the stock market and all other risky assets. Even Gold is down today.

Is this a capitulation type of selling? Is this a final climax selling? We will find out soon.

I recall Rockfeller`s words, "the time to buy is when blood is running on the street".

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Gold to Oil Ratio

There is an interesting article about the Gold to Oil ratio in the Street.com website. Recently Gold traded at 25 times the oil futures price and that is near an historical high.

Oil Futures trading will be volatile in the next few weeks and we expect oil to form a major bottom in the 30 to 40 dollar range.

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Oil pulled lower by U.S. GDP data

NYMEX Crude Oil Futures for April delivery fell 0.80 to settle at 44.44 a barrel.

That is 11% higher than Monday`s opening price. Even though, many oil traders say there is little chance prices will hold in the current economic environment, which has led to an anemic demand for energy. The sentiment is still bearish for oil prices.

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Is USO under Investigation?

Today there is an article about a possible pending investigation in the United States Oil Fund in the Reuters Website:

United States Oil Fund LP is not under investigation, despite the massive futures position the firm's exchange-traded fund holds in the U.S. crude oil futures market, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Thursday.

"There is no indication there is an investigation," CFTC spokesman R. David Gary said. He added, however, that the agency was monitoring USO's huge position as part of its normal surveillance activities.

The firm's exchange-traded fund is a passive investment vehicle traded on stock exchanges that allows non-oil trade participants exposure to oil futures movements.

USO's positions in crude have ballooned in recent months, and reached nearly a quarter of the March positions on the New York Mercantile Exchange at one point.

Gary said CFTC's monitoring of USO's positions was routine.

"We monitor all these markets ...," Gary said. "U.S. Oil, as an SEC registered-fund, has to release its postions so that everyone knows the size of its positions and the various contracts that it holds ... just normal surveillance activities from our standpoint in terms of discharging our responsibilities."

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Doug Casey is Bullish on Oil

Doug Casey, the famous investor and best-selling financial author and entrepreneur is bullish on oil.

He said in an interview that "I don`t think oil will stay where it is. I think oil`s eventually headed back to 150 dollars a barrel or more". Doug Casey added "I would say that oil is a good thing to own. Oil is a real buy now. It is as good a buy at 40 as gold is at 900 right now. Maybe a better buy"

Doug has written a monthly investment newsletter, The International Speculator since 1979.

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Oil near a Month High

Oil futures rose, trading near the highest in a month, as stronger equities markets and declining U.S. gasoline supplies increased speculation that fuel demand may improve. Yesterday, the contract rose 2.54 dollars a barrel, or 6.4%, to 42.50 a barrel, the highest settlement since January 26.

Word on the Trading Desks:

“The market is consolidating after last night’s gains on the back of a fairly bullish U.S. fuel inventories report” Andrey Kryuchenkov, VTB Capital, London

“Risk sentiment has improved, with gains in global equities also supporting the market” Andrey Kryuchenkov, VTB Capital, London

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Oil Rallies on Inventory Data

For the second week in a row the inventory data fuels a rally in the crude oil NYMEX futures. This is the time to get in this market as a long term bottom maybe already made.

"Crude oil futures jumped about 2.5% in New York after government inventory data showed a smaller-than-expected buildup in oil stocks, and a sizeable drawdown on gasoline stocks. That could be a sign of a tepid recovery in demand in the world’s biggest oil-consuming nation.

The restrained reaction was a contrast to last week, when an unexpected decline in U.S. oil stocks turbocharged crude prices, which leapt 14% in a day.

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed U.S. crude stockpiles rose just 717,000 barrels—about half as much as analysts were expecting. Gasoline stocks fell 3.3 million barrels, the largest weekly drop since hurricane season last September." in the Wall Street Journal

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Oil Rallies Over 4% and Trades along the Stock Markets

Crude oil was little changed this morning after rallying for the first time in 3 days as the U.S. stock market advanced. Oil futures climbed 4% yesterday.

This is the word on the oil traders desks:

“People do look at the Dow and the S&P for signs that the economy is recovering and if the economy picks up then oil demand will pick up” Clarence Chu, a trader at Hudson Capital Energy

"The equities rally is supporting the market" Tony Machacek, Bache Commodities Ltd.

What is driving oil sentiment at the present time is the appetite for risky assets like stocks and the australian dollar. If sentiment improves in the stock market we cabn have a rebound in oil, but longer term demand will be the main driver of oil prices.

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Contango Impact on USO

I found a very good article on the contango in the oil market and its effect on the Oil ETF, United States Oil Fund or USO:

USO: Death by a Thousand Contango

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Interesting Article on Oil and USO

This is an interesting part of an article on Oil I have found in Seeking Alpha:

"Be a contrarian: Crude has fallen an unprecedented amount. This has caused USO to implode nearly 80% from last year's highs. It has simply dropped too much in too short of a timeframe. Those who have the risk tolerance to buy now, set themselves up for the biggest reward. To exploit an over-reactive market, prudent buyers hone in on unpopular ideas, and USO 's sentiment is so negative at this juncture, it is clearly near an important turning point. The game is merely about buying low and selling high, and to do so, the investor must buy when an equity is unpopular and conversely sell, when it is popular. How else are you supposed to buy low and sell high? Easy to say, hard to do." Mark Krieger, Trader

Mark Krieger is a Registered Investment Adviser and he has been active the past 20 years as a trader, portfolio manager, and shareholder activist.

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Oil Performs

Oil was the second best performing investment of last week, just behind Gold. I highlight the difference in performance between Gold and Oil during the last 52 Weeks. While oil is down 60%, Gold futures are up 6%. The contango has been brutally diminished and we are calling a bottom for the oil prices.


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Merrill Lynch calls a Bottom in Oil

Merrill Lynch's Gary Dugan told the British Newspaper Weekly Telegraph he expects oil prices to rise from these levels.

"We believe that oil will bottom out at around $30, and will average between $40 and $45 over the course of 2009" Gary Dugan, ML


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George Soros adds to Energy Stock

George Soros, the famous hedge-fund manager bought more stock of Petroleo Brasileiro SA and Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. in the fourth quarter, almost doubling its holdings.

Soros Fund Management LLC bought 16 million shares of Petrobras’ U.S.-traded stock, bringing its stake to 1.45 percent, according to a filing yesterday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Petrobras and Potash are now the firm’s two biggest reported U.S. stocks.

George Soros is buying commodity related stocks. What we would like to know is his view on the futures oil prices. Is he buying oil through his futures brokers?

CNBC Commodities Page

CNBC now has a nice page where you can follow most commodity futures prices, like energy futures, agricultural futures, metals futures like gold and silver and commodities related ETF`s.

Beside the quotes CNBC also displays some basic commodity charts and futures charts.

A page to Bookmark if you are interested in commodity futures trading or online trading in general.

Supply Problems Ahead?

The International Energy Agency said on Monday there could be an oil market supply crunch from next year once global oil demand begins to recover.

The IEA's executive director, Nobuo Tanaka, told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in London that he expected world oil demand to resume growth from next year.

"Currently the demand is very low due to the very bad economic situation but when the economy starts growing, recovery comes again in 2010 and then onward, we may have another serious supply crunch if capital investment is not coming" ,Tanaka said.

Tanaka urged the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries not to seek rapid rises in oil prices through further supply cuts.

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Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index at a Five Year Low

An Energy Department report tomorrow will probably show U.S. crude oil inventories rose 3.2 million barrels last week, according to the median of 11 analyst responses in a Bloomberg News survey.

The Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index of 19 commodities prices fell yesterday to 203.25, the lowest since June 21, 2002, and has slipped 11 percent this year.

If you are considering commodities futures trading maybe its time to begin buying some commodity futures or commodity related stocks.

Bad Economic News in Asia sends Oil Lower

Following Monday's report that the japanese economy contracted by the most since 1973, a Reuters poll showed confidence among japanese manufacturers is near record lows and service sector sentiment fell to its worst levels ever.

Contango diminished Friday with the huge rally on ths front month future contract. If contango disappears, long term investors may begin to consider taking big long oil positions. But with this type of contango all long positions can`t be held for long because the contango, rolling yield over 15% per month will just kill you. Good for the conviction shorts, though.

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Oil and Gasoline Price Divergence

The USA Today has an interesting article on this price divergence between NYMEX curde oil prices and gasoline retail prices, Low oil prices are not translating into low gas prices.

Bespoke Investment Group also performed a good analysis on this divergence:



And their respective Exchange Traded Funds performance year to date:


Last week in the Wall Street Journal, Mark Gongloff also focused on the fact that gasoline prices have stopped going down for the time being.

"This is highlighted perfectly by looking at the price charts of the oil and gasoline ETFs. In the first chart below, we provide a one-year chart of USO (oil ETF) and UGA (gasoline ETF). Even as oil prices have continued to fall in recent weeks, gasoline has diverged and gone higher. The second chart looks at the year to date change of the two commodity ETFs. As shown, USO is down 23% year to date, while UGA is up nearly 23%. This divergence is not what the consumer needs right now!" Bespoke Investment Group

Jeremy Grantham on Oil

In a recent interview Jeremy Grantham talked about the NYMEX Crude Oil Futures market and here is the transcript of the most important parts of that interview:

"(...) But what people underestimate, even in the oil industry, is how volatile the asset class is. In other words, if the trend is 65 dollars a barrel, it is fairly routine for oil to sell below half, say 30 dollars a barrel, and more than double, say 145.

And people never get that. So you don't want to be too quick to buy into weakness or sell into strength, necessarily. But it can go a long way. But below 40, I must say, I do get a bit interested. And below 30, I'm definitely a buyer." Jeremy Grantham

Watch the full Jeremy Grantham video interview with Steve Forbes here.

Major Short Covering Rally

NYMEX Crude Oil futures surged in the last trading day of the week, rallying more than 10%. A major short squeeze went through as investors bought the front month contract on the heels of 5 consecutive down days. Oil was at a 2 month low.

Some investors who had been shorting the March contract were also buying back the contract to cover their short positions before the contract expires.

Crude for March delivery ended up 3.53 dollars a barrel, or 10.4%, at $37.51 a barrel on the NYMEX.

Despite Friday's surge, the March Nymex Future contract lost 6.6 percent this week.

IEA Warns of Possible Supply Problems Down the Road

World oil demand will contract in 2009 by the most since 1982 due to extreme economic weakness around the world, the International Energy Agency printed in their monthly energy report.

Supply will be lower than previously expected this year but underlining that the world economy is risking a new price surge when demand recovers.

Global demand is expected to diminish by 980,000 barrels per day to 84,700,000 bpd in 2009 while lsat month the IEA forecasted demand to contract only by 500,000 bpd.

Supply Impact

The IEA also said that future oil supply growth has come under threat from the collapse in prices because new projects are being canceled (members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have delayed 35 new oil projects).

Since oil topped in July, the IEA has cut its estimate of potential supply in 2009 from oil producers by 1 million bpd.

"The danger is that if too much investment slips now, the scale of the price response to resurgent demand could again destabilize the global economy." David Fyfe, head of the IEA's Oil Industry and Markets Division.

Oil trading has been dominated by the bears with futures prices collapsing and the market is in deep contango, which harms Long Oil Exchange Traded Funds like United States Oil Fund.

IEA cuts Demand Forecasts for OIL

"The International Energy Agency on Wednesday subtracted 570,000 barrels a day off its 2009 world oil consumption forecast due to weak global economic activity and warned that increasing trade protectionism could further damage energy consumption.

In its latest downward demand revision, the IEA forecast world oil consumption to slow to 84.7 million barrels a day, representing a drop of one million barrels a day, or 1.1%, from 2008 and the biggest annual drop in 27 years.

Economic recession in the U.S. and many other developed nations is expected to rollback world oil consumption to 2006 levels.

In another sign of how weak demand is, total crude oil consumption in the U.S., the world's biggest consumer, is expected to fall to 1998 levels. U.S. consumption is projected at 19 million barrels a day, a 2.9% drop from last year when demand fell by more than 5%.

"We seem to be on a downward escalator we can't get off of. Until we see a bottoming out and a degree of stability on the financial and economic side, energy market weakness is going be with us for some time" said David Fyfe, editor of the IEA report." in the Wall Street Journal

Demand keeps falling and the Contango is wider again. Conditions are still favouring the bears.

Oil Down on Bank Rescue Plan

Crude Oil NYMEX futures dropped to a 3 week low on skepticism about the U.S. government’s bank rescue plan.

Oil dropped as much as 5.6% after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said he is exploring a range of different structures to bail out lenders.

Later today, a U.S. government report will probably show that crude oil stockpiles increased 2.75 mln barrels last week, according to the median of 14 analyst forecasts in a Bloomberg News survey.

A Big Explosive Move Coming?

Contrary to early 2008, oil and the stock market are now marching in lock-step. As the stock market's trading range tightened, oil's has done likewiseand volatility is down.

Can we have an explosive move, up or down from these levels? A tight consolodation like this is a technical sign that a big move might occur soon. Oil is currently trading between 40 and 50 dollars a barrel. These are the support and resistance areas oil traders are watching right now. Over the last two weeks the range in oil trading has become extremely narrow.

However, in which direction this move will occur is difficult to say at this time, but I will think it will be on the upside because risky assets like the Australian Dollar and Stocks have been performing rather well lately.

Much like the stock market indexes, oil must also contend with its 50 day moving average. The first test failed, but we might test again in the next few days.

As for the ETF, USO, the price actually sits below the support area. Its trading range is between 29 and 40 dollars a barrel with an huge surge in volume over the last several weeks. Are long term buyers beginning to accumulate?

OPEC is Cutting But Not Fast Enough

OPEC is cutting but not fast ebnough to catch up with the US demand destruction:

"The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries cut crude-oil output by nearly 1.3 million barrels a day in January in an attempt to tame the supply glut that is anchoring prices near 40 a barrel.

But as the cartel tightened the taps, crude-oil inventories in the U.S. were increasing by 700,000 to 900,000 barrels a day. That growth rate, the most seen in the month of January in 85 years and the highest in any month since at least October 2002, is a setback to OPEC's efforts." in the Wall Street Journal


Oil futures are trading higher today with the USO (United States Oil Fund), the most liquid oil ETF rising 3%.

Inflation Adjusted Record Low for Oil is 18.90 USD in 1986

Some analysts predict oil prices could fall to as low as 25 dollars a barrel in the second quarter comparing to the inflation-adjusted record low for Nymex oil is at 18.90 dollars a barrel, hit on April 1, 1986.

In non-adjusted dollar terms, that low was 9.75 dollars a barrel, the only time in NYMEX history that oil fell below 10 dollars a barrel.

When trading crude oil futures or oil ETF`s always look to trade with very low comissions and spreads, otherwise you will completely deplet your trading account.

United States Oil Fund reaches Record Investment Levels

Retail investors have poured record amounts of money into oil ETFs.

Investment Data showed investment in oil ETFs like USO, DBO and OIL, a easy way to invest in oil for retail investors, has reached record levels. The number of crude futures contracts held by the United States Oil Fund the largest oil ETF, hit a record high near 80,000 recently.

Oil Has Its Biggest Annual Fall Ever in 2008

Last year, the commodity proved one of the best ways to earn a lot of money - and then, to lose it all. After hitting a record high of 147 a barrel in July, oil fell more than 100 bucks, or 70% by year-end. It closed 2008 down 54%, its biggest loss ever and more than the stock market's enormous slide.

Oil is Down 10% Year to Date

Trading in the first months of this year also didn't bode well for oil bulls. Crude has lost 10% so far this year, compared with a 5% loss in the Reuters/Jefferies CRB commodities index, and a 4% gain in gold prices. Oil is clearly underperforming other commodities and risky assets.

On Friday, crude oil futures fell more than 2 percent on the NYMEX after the U.S. reported a 16-year high unemployment rate and the biggest loss in non farm payrolls in decades.

Inflation Adjusted Record Low for Oil is 18.90 USD in 1986

Some analysts predict oil prices could fall to as low as 25 dollars a barrel in the second quarter comparing to the inflation-adjusted record low for Nymex oil is at 18.90 dollars a barrel, hit on April 1, 1986. In non-adjusted dollar terms, that low was 9.75 dollars a barrel, the only time in NYMEX history that oil fell below 10 dollars a barrel.

USO Oil ETF still Below 10 Day EMA


The most active oil ETF is still trading below its 10 day Exponencial moving average. I am looking forward to buy on the crossover. Risky assets like the australian dollar, stocks, copper are being bought in the last few trading sessions.

The stage is set for an Oil Rally.