Down: both the Dow and WTI closed down a bit by the end of the day. The Dow down 30 points (inconsequential); WTI down 40 cents, again, below $53 -- which is really bad news for Saudi Arabia: a) the actual price; b) the "stubborness" of the price to move; and, c) the trend (down).
The Permian: on that note, those companies paying $40,000/mineral acre in the Permian were also betting on a better price / better trend with regard to WTI. I'm not so sure folks are going to look back on some of those deals and wonder "what in the world were they thinking?" Even at $100 oil, one wonders if one can make the math work at $40,000/acre; and, at $50 -- well, I've said all I should say.
Tea leaves: lots of talk coming out of the global oil conference being held in Houston this week. It sounds like Saudi Arabia is in a heap of financial trouble. Saudis seem to be admitting that cuts in OPEC / non-OPEC production (outside the US) have not resulted in price changes as fast as they would have liked (or possibly even predicted). They warning other countries not to take advantage of Saudi's cuts by increasing their own production, and that OPEC would meet again in May, 2017, to discuss the production cuts which are scheduled to end at the end of June, 2017. My hunch is that it will depend on the "mood" of the Saudi king (or the will of Allah) whether the cuts are extended. Saudi really, really, really doesn't want to extend the cuts (for any number of reasons, but they have little room to maneuver.
WTI: for some reason, oil is moving up a bit today in early trading. Up about 30 cents, to $53.50. Perhaps nothing more than traders staying within a narrow trading range.
Exxon Mobil: The big story today appears to be the ExxonMobil $20 billion investment along the Gulf Coast, previously reported. The Wall Street Journal reports. Talking head on Fox Business News suggests this plan had been under development for many years, but it was expanded and given the go-ahead when Trump was elected. Will create 45,000 jobs. This is a huge, huge story; will be under-reported by the mainstream media.
This naturally follows: US Oil Industry Becomes Refiner to World as Exports Boom -- from Bloomberg.
When PBF Energy Inc. scooped up a refinery from Exxon Mobil Corp. on the Mississippi River in 2015, it wasted no time sprucing up the plant with an eye toward quickly resuming lucrative fuel exports.
Within three months, PBF was ready to load its first tanker for shipment abroad.
By late last year, the New Jersey-based company was exporting 22,000 barrels a day of fuel, or 16 percent of that refinery’s output. Now, it wants to boost that to almost 25 percent.
PBF isn’t alone in this push. From major producers such as Chevron Corp. to specialized refiners including Valero Energy Corp., the U.S. refining industry has shifted its game over the last five years, taking advantage of gaps left by struggling refiners in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Along the way, it’s transforming what had long been a largely domestic business into a new global venture.
"U.S. refiners are now the refiners for the world," said Ivan Sandrea, head of Sierra Oil & Gas, which is planning to build infrastructure to import U.S. fuels into Mexico.
U.S. companies last year exported a record 3 million barrels a day of refined products, more than double the 1.3 million barrels a day shipped a decade ago, according to data from the Energy Information Administration.
Gasoline led the surge, with exports hitting an all-time high of almost 1 million barrels a day in December, up ten-fold from a decade ago.Pipeline: meanwhile, the pipeline story of the year (so far) is the Enbridge-Spectra Energy story but the DAPL may be close behind. A reader sent me a link to the court-mandated update. The company thinks oil will be flowing through the pipeline by mid-March. The court requires 48-hour notice before oil actually starts flowing, allowing the court time to make a "final" ruling on the case. The link will take you to a pdf: https://www.indianz.com/News/2017/03/06/04515967273.pdf.
Snap: Snapchat shares drop below offering price. The shares fell 12% in price yesterday and are down 4% in pre-trading today.