Weekend News 25Aug

This week’s auction saw the Brent-WTI spread essentially flat from last week at/near $17.39. 
Additionally, USDollar-WTI correlation returned to a slightly negative correlation (-.13) after several weeks of positive correlation. Should the USD-WTI continue to increase its negative correlation, we would expect currency market behavior to have more prominent effect on WTI pricing.
The Brent-WTI correlation remains positively correlated (+.84) as is normalized. 


Central Banks


  • 40yrs of Gold Confiscation By The US Govt. (Zerohedge)
  • RBS Probed Over Possible Iran Sanctions. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia On The Offensive v Iran. (Oil Price)
  • Australia Implements Sanctions Against Iran. (Platts)

Supply/Demand & Markets

  • Supply Side Of Oil Market Coping With Iranian Export Decline, et al. (Platts)
  • LTO & Unconventional Gas. (IEA)
  • Primer On Nuclear Energy. (IEA)
  • Will Russia Replicate US Success In Tight Oil Development? (Platts)