Oil markets seeing a brighter future
Oil markets seeing a brighter future
24th February 2020 was when the last time we saw oil hovering around the $55.80 mark. The Oil markets were hammered in 2020, taking investors and traders back to their economics 101 classes.
However, unlike traditional markets, the Oil markets have something traditional markets do not – controlled supply.
OPEC+ controlling the supply of Oil
OPEC+, a 24- country cartel, took drastic measures as of late to control the drop in oil price by restricting supply. The most recent supply cut by 1 million barrels a day by Saudi Arabia has pushed Oil markets to levels not seen since 24th February last year. Saudi’s unexpected move was on the back of the OPEC+ decision to gradually bring back supply to the market in January.
However, the de-facto leader claims the Oil market throne
The Energy Minister of the Oil-dependent country, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman stated that “[Saudi Arabia] are the guardian of the [Oil] industry”, showing their influence in the Oil markets.
Oil markets getting bullish recommendations from institutions
Since December, Oil prices have rebounded 18% on the vaccine’s slow rollout, peaking at around $56 a barrel. With the rollout of Vaccinations, analysts at Goldman Sachs are becoming bullish on the Black Gold, stating that they predict Brent could rise to $65 a barrel by the summer of this year, bringing the timeline half a year from their previous prediction. However, they stated that “given the magnitude of the recent rally, however, markets are likely to consolidate near-term,”
Given the Coronavirus situation worldwide, the demand situation has not improved to the point where it was on the 24th February, giving the price of oil the characteristic of a forward-looking stock instead of a spot looking commodity. However, if the vaccine continues to make its way around the world and demand truly starts picking up, we may see the Oil markets return back to a relative norm.
Four years have passed, and now we usher in a new United States President: Joe Biden. A complete U-turn from what Donald Trump stood for. Nationalism is now replaced with Progressive politics. The question arises, how will President Joe Biden’s 100-day agenda affect the markets?
Stocks coming into 2021 – Boom or Bust?
Here are two fun facts from equities in 2020.
· The NASDAQ returned 46% from the start of 2020. If you purchased at the peak of the recessionary period in mid-March, you would’ve made a return on investment of 85%.
· Meanwhile, the S&P500 only returned 17% from the start of 2020.
· The average price/earnings ratio for stocks in the NASDAQ was pushing 23
· The best performing stock that is in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ was Tesla, providing a 743% Return.
With that in mind, what are we expecting for stocks coming into 2021?
The Dollar has been experiencing some love coning into the new year, with the DXY up just under 1%. However, is this just a technical rebound, or is there substance for a further rally?
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