Crude oil price has demonstrated a strong rally over the past 5-months. On Thursday, crude oil WTI futures jumped above USD 66 per barrel for the first time in more than three years. The rally in crude oil prices was supported by OPEC’s extension of production cut, strong demand and continuous drop in the US stockpiles of crude oil.
FiND, an alternative data platform developed by Heckyl showed the demand for crude oil has been outstripping supply consistently since February last year (Image 1).
[Image 1: Crude Oil Supply-Demand Balance]
At the same time, the US crude oil inventories have been witnessing downtrend for the past 10-months (Image 2).
[Image 2: US Crude Oil Inventory] Read the rest of this entry »
Total SA leads positive news coverage among top 10 oil & gas companies in 2017
Global oil & gas companies witnessed a significant improvement in underlying news sentiment for December 2017 quarter. Crude oil prices are at its highest level in past 8-quarters (Image 1), which has led to improvement in prospects of earnings, production and growth-oriented activities for the oil & gas companies. As a result, news coverage on top 100 global oil & gas companies during Q4 was most positive in the past 8-quarters.
FiND, an alternative data platform developed by Heckyl has accurately captured movement in news sentiment for the oil & gas sector. For the past 8-quarters, our positive to negative news ratio for top 100 oil & gas companies showed near perfect positive correlation (0.95) with Dow Jones Global Oil & Gas index (Image 2).
(The ratio value higher than 1 indicates mostly positive news sentiment. On the other hand, the ratio value lower than 1 signals broadly negative news sentiment.) Read the rest of this entry »
With low inflation and falling inflation expectations, the Federal Reserve is believed to execute a rate hike this year. The funds rate is the mechanism the Fed uses to regulate short-term interest rates in the economy, which in turn moves across the yield curve.
The Fed has two objectives: stable prices and firm economic growth. The Central banks stimulate the economy by cutting rates when the economy is slowing down. While lower rates can bring economic growth, they mostly come with an inevitable consequence: Inflation. Read the rest of this entry »