Oil Market Snapshots

Today, the Seeking Alpha article, “Oil Market Karma Reversed?” offers a look at the fundamentals driving, or that should be driving, the oil market. Of course, volatility is an aspect of the oil market across decades. The reversal part of the title relates to an earlier article from December, 2013 that relayed the effects being noticed from U.S. shale oil production, namely that U.S. production was moderating some of the price volatility given global supply outages that would normally have driven prices up. An October 2013 article discusses fundamentals and the Permian Basin, and chronicles how shale basins were producing.

Given the fundamentals, markets have been potentially over-reacting in their heavy blows to oil and gas producers and midstream firms.