Following yesterday's 4.5% pop in the price of oil on OPEC production freeze speculation, we're back to fundamentals this morning (a.k.a. stronger U.S. dollar pushing prices lower).
So where do we go from here? Below is analysis from Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough in a note sent to subscribers earlier this morning:
"Another fun ramp to an immediate-term overbought signal (on an oversold USD signal) finds resistance, USD bounces, and Oil sells off -1.7% this am; OVX (oil volatility) is signaling nowhere near the end of this bear market in Oil (OVX = 48 with an immediate-term risk range of 44-53)"
In a recent Early Look, McCullough noted that Commodities (CRB Index) have an inverse correlation (30-day duration) of -0.88 vs. the US Dollar. That's what's driving commodity prices and oil today.
If you are trying to read the OPEC tea leaves, however, watch our Hedgeye colleague and Potomac Research Group's Senior Energy analyst Joe McMonigle in the video below.
Today, Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister downplayed the prospect of oil producers taking action saying "Forget about this topic." Furthermore, Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh announced that he does not even plan to attend the Doha meeting.
McMonigle has been arguing for a while now that speculation about an OPEC oil production freeze is just talk, since Saudia Arabia and Iran's true intentions are what really matter. Here are links to other videos and research notes via McMonigle: