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OPEC’s Meeting: Key Catalyst for Oil This Week

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Aug. 18 2020, Updated 5:16 a.m. ET

Key energy events

The EIA’s (U.S. Energy Information Administration) latest oil and natural gas inventory data are scheduled to be released on December 5–6, respectively. The data could be an important short-term driver for oil and natural gas prices. However, OPEC’s meeting on December 6 will likely be the key catalyst for oil prices. In Part 1, we dicussed the importance of OPEC’s meeting.

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Energy stocks and ETFs

Energy stocks respond to long-term changes in oil and natural gas prices. However, energy stocks are also impacted by short-term energy price movements. Last week, Murphy Oil (MUR), EQT (EQT), and Apache (APA) rose 6.3%, 3.3%, and 0.8%, respectively. US crude oil January futures rose 1%, while natural gas January futures rose 5.9%.

The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP) and the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) invest in energy stocks. Any changes in oil and natural gas prices are expected to influence XOP and XLE, which rose 1% and 3.4%, respectively, last week.

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