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Energy Sector: Analyzing Key Events This Week

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Key energy events

The EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) is scheduled to release its oil and natural gas inventory data on March 27–28. The data will likely be a short-term driver for oil and natural gas prices. Apart from the inventory data, the monthly crude oil and natural gas production figure on March 29 will likely be important for the energy sector.

Any fall in the US crude oil production in January due to the lower oil rig count might boost oil prices. In fact, any fall in US crude oil production will likely lower the Brent-WTI spread. The spread fell to almost a one-month low last week.

Energy stocks

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) returned -4.1%, 0.5%, and 1.1%, respectively. US crude oil May futures rose 0.4%, while natural gas May futures fell 1.2%. The above events will likely impact broader market indexes like the S&P 500 Index (SPY).

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