Oil Output Down 120k Barrels

Markets were mixed on average volume in trading today. The Dow was the sole winner, bouncing up 13.76 points to close at 16,790.19. The NASDAQ led today in losses, dropping 32.90 points and closing out the trading day at 4,748.36. The S&P 500 was also down, losing 7.13 points and closing the day at 1,979.92.

In international trading, world markets were generally up. The sole exception was the Hang Seng in Hong Kong, which fell by 23 points. Elsewhere in Asia, the Nikkei closed up 181 points. Australia’s ASX ended the day up 15 points. Across Europe, markets were up. The FTSE in London gained 27 points.
In Germany, the DAX was up 88 points. And in France, the CAC rose by 44 points.

US Oil Output Slipping

In a new report today, it was announced that US oil output has plummeted from all-time highs. Just in the period from August to September, output declined by 120,000 barrels. This could spell higher prices at the pump for consumers, and it continues to threaten jobs in the already hard-hit Energy sector. This marks the lowest output by US oil producers in the past 12 months.

The news could be the beginning of the end for the shale oil boom in America. Unless crude prices are raised past the $45 levels that they sit at today, which OPEC is currently preventing, the future of shale oil could be in jeopardy. Jobs are in jeopardy too, and the sector has cut 88,000 of them to date. That’s not likely to change anytime soon.

However this momentary setback doesn’t mean that it’s out of the shale game for good. Prices will rebound, at least to the $70 level eventually, but it might not be soon. When they do, the infrastructure is already in place for a shale oil recovery.
Published on Oct 6, 2015
By Aaron Phillips
Aaron Phillips is a financial researcher and journalist based out of Michigan. He regularly writes the IG Daily and IG Weekly columns.

Copyrighted 2016. Content published with author's permission.

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