Analysis and Recommendations:
Crude Oil is up +0.89 trading at 108.47 on nonsense; there has been little or no escalation between Israel and Iran, in fact a bit less then just a week ago. There is no way that NATO will allow the Straits of Hormuz to be blockade, without aggressive military action. Saudi Arabia is already pumping more than enough oil to cover the loss of Iranian oil. Iraq is making contingency plans. There is absolutely no reason for oil to be trading at this level, except on market hysteria, and investors pushing up a market so they can sell at huge profits. Regardless of rumors last week about the Strategic Oil Reserves this is what they are the purpose they serve, Obama cannot allow the continued increase of oil and market hysteria to place a damper on US recovery. He will eventually be forced to release some reserves.
As the oil embargo works its magic, and causes pain to the Iranian economy as well as their ego, they will turn up the rhetoric, but they do not want to be confronted by the military power of the west.
With Iran having problems securing insurance for its oil shipments and with SWIFT stopping the money flow, Iran will have to decide which actions to take next.
This price is about to fall.
Economic Events: (GMT)
- This Week in PetroleumRelease Schedule: Wednesday @ 1:00 p.m. EST (schedule)
- Gasoline and Diesel Fuel UpdateRelease Schedule: Monday between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. EST (schedule)
Economic Data for March 19, 2012 actual v. forecast
Rightmove House Price Index (MoM)
RBA Governor Stevens Speaks
Italian Industrial New Orders (MoM)
Chilean GDP (YoY)
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NAHB Housing Market Index
3-Month Bill Auction
Economic Events Scheduled for March 20, 2012
13:30 USD Building Permits
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13:30 USD Housing Starts
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Government Bond Auctions (this week)
Mar 21 10:10 Sweden Nominal bond auction
Mar 21 10:30 Germany Eur 5.0bn Mar 2014 Schatz
Mar 21 10:30 Portugal Eur 0.75-1.0bn 4 & 6M T-bills
Mar 22 10:10 Sweden I/L bond auction
Mar 22 10.30 UK Auctions 0.625% 2042 I/L Gilt
Mar 22 15:00 US
Announces auctions of 2Y Notes on Mar 27, 5Y Notes on Mar
28 & 7Y Notes on Mar 29
Crude Oil Pivot Points (Time Frame: 1 Day)
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