Let’s track some important events for crude oil and natural gas traders on September 25–29, 2017.
- Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – the American Petroleum Institute’s crude oil inventory report
- Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – the EIA’s (U.S. Energy Information Administration) US crude oil and gasoline inventory report
- Thursday, September 28, 2017 – the EIA’s US natural gas storage report
- Friday, September 29, 2017 – Baker Hughes’s US crude oil and natural gas rig count report
High and low
Crude oil futures drivers for this week
WTI crude oil (USO) (UCO) prices are at a four-month high. Crude oil futures could fall due to profit-taking as major oil producers delayed the decision to extend the production cut deal beyond March 2018. The expectation of a rise in US crude oil inventories and production could also cap the upside for crude oil prices. However, improving US refinery crude oil demand could benefit US crude oil prices.
WTI crude oil price forecast
The EIA estimates that US crude oil (UWT) (DWT) prices will average $48.83 per barrel in 2017 and $49.58 per barrel in 2018. A Wall Street Journal survey estimates that US crude oil prices could average $51 per barrel in 2018.
In the next part of this series, we’ll see how Cushing crude oil inventories impact prices.