Matt Smith is a Director of Commodity Research at ClipperData. Matt specializes in extracting key themes from technical and fundamental analysis of the global energy market, and communicating these through daily and weekly deliverables. He also provides oil and natural gas analysis and commentary to national and international media outlets that include CNBC, Fox Business, Russia 24, the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, AFP, Reuters, and The Oil Daily. Prior to ClipperData, he spent eight years at Schneider Electric as a Commodity Analyst, where he also founded and authored the blog, Energy Burrito. Prior to Schneider, he spent eight years at the Royal Bank of Canada in London as a portfolio manager and financial analyst.

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Market Currents: Strong imports can’t stop crude draw

In today’s game of rock-paper-scissors from the weekly EIA inventory report, crude inputs were propelled higher (like a rock), blunting the impact of super-strong imports (the scissors). On paper, the crude draw is bullish, but a modest rally is being kept in check somewhat by solid builds to ...

Market Currents: Global crude loadings still rising

Crude is heading lower again, rounding out a downbeat week, as the expectation of an OPEC production cut extension is more than outweighed by an ongoing lopsided market. As oversupply fears enter the fray once more, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today: 1) OPEC crude exports s ...

Market Currents: Crude waiting offshore in the U.S. Gulf is rising

Oil is trying to recover after yesterday’s shellacking, but oversupply fears still remain. As rumors and murmurs circulate about an extension to the OPEC production cut, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today: 1) Yesterday we mentioned how we’re seeing a strong influ ...

Market Currents: Saudi’s balancing act

After a lesser draw than expected to crude inventories, oil is selling off on this third Wednesday in April. As strong imports from the Middle East this week should help to buoy inventories for next week’s report, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today. 1) Much is being ma ...

Market Currents: Latin American crude heads away from U.S. to Asia

Oil is on the defensive again, retracing from resistance in recent days amid bearish U.S.-centric data of rampant production increases. Despite the Good Friday holiday, we get the EIA inventory report at the usual time tomorrow, but for now, hark, here are six things to consider in oil markets today ...

Market Currents: Oil awaits data deluge

Today is national submarine day, and oil prices are trying not to submerge after a recent sustained rally. Today we get the opening gambit from the triumvirate of reports from the EIA, IEA and OPEC, with the EIA’s short term energy outlook on deck first. OPEC is waiting in the wings tomorrow, ...

Market Currents: Atlantic Basin crude increasingly heading to Asia

After oil prices spiked higher overnight amid a U.S. airstrike on Syria, an underwhelming monthly employment report this morning has helped to unravel most of these gains. As the market awaits CFTC and rig count data this afternoon, hark, here are five things to consider in oil and energy markets to ...

Market Currents: Floating storage holding up, despite Iran drop

Oil is ticking higher today, as the market continues to bet on the prospect of market tightening. As Nonfarm payrolls beckon tomorrow, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today. 1) While total global floating storage is ticking lower, it is still holding above 100 million barrels. ...

Market Currents: Oil waiting in the US Gulf rebounds

The crude complex is feeling charitable today, giving away most of its overnight gains, as last night’s bullish API report head-faked the market. As Nonfarm Friday looms next on the radar, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today. 1) In the latest feature on NPR’s Texa ...

Market Currents: Total US oil and product inventories ticking lower

WTI and Brent crude start Q2 in fifty dollardom, as the market continues to grapple with market rebalancing and OPEC compliance. As the market awaits signs of a tightening market, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today: 1) We discussed on CNBC Asia last week how OPEC production ...

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