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Precision Drilling CEO sees shale’s recovery a year away, at best

Even if the economy continues to recover and a second wave of the pandemic is less damaging than the first, U.S. shale drillers may still take at least a year before moving rigs back into the field, according to the leader of an oilfield-services company.

Oil prices continue to slide on growing U.S. stockpiles

The American Petroleum Institute reported that stockpiles expanded by 8.73 million barrels last week, according to people familiar with the data, raising questions about the strength of the market’s return to balance.

Chevron’s cost-reduction measure may eliminate up to 15% of workforce

Chevron’s cuts equate to about 6,000 of its 45,000 non-gas station employees. It’s “streamlining our organizational structures to reflect the efficiencies and match projected activity levels,” the San Ramon, California-based company said Wednesday in a statement.

Saudis, Russians plan to work together at June’s OPEC+ meeting

Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to closely coordinate on the OPEC+ output cuts deal, two weeks ahead of a crucial meeting of the group.

Oil prices fall on Russia’s readiness for pre-OPEC+ production levels

Oil declined from the highest settlement in 11 weeks on signs Russia is supporting plans to start easing supply cuts from July, while tensions between the U.S. and China escalated amid the specter of sanctions.

Oil prices climb on prediction of swift demand rebalance

Oil has surged more than 80% this month as demand returned following the easing of lockdown restrictions in some countries, while output cuts have started to chip away at the oversupply.

IEA chief says low oil prices will take demand beyond pre-crisis highs

“In the absence of strong government policies, a sustained economic recovery and low oil prices are likely to take global oil demand back to where it was, and beyond,” Fatih Birol said in an interview.

Swift production declines may keep shale operators on oil rebound’s sidelines

Less than 20% of this year’s expected drop in overall U.S. crude output will come from shuttering existing wells, according to IHS Markit. Rather, the vast majority of the supply drop will be the direct result of canceled drilling projects.

Daily Brief podcast: A look ahead at the coming week in oil and gas, May 25-29

Key trends for the coming week, including how industry groups' response to low oil prices differ dramatically in the U.S. versus other producing nations, China's big plans for its economy, and investment analysts turning their backs on key sectors of the industry.

Putin sets deadline for plan to support Russian oil industry

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his government until June 15 to come up with a plan to support the country’s oil industry while output is slashed under an agreement among the world’s main producers.

Distressed oil drillers find major analysts dropping stock guidance

The smallest shale oil drillers have endured their fair share of pain in this spring’s energy collapse and, with ailing stock prices, analysts are finding it even tougher to cover the group.

Oil prices slip as China projects lower fuel demand

Oil retreated from the highest level in more than two months with doubts emerging over the strength of China’s economic recovery and as tensions rose between Washington and Beijing.

High premiums, price swings driving decline in shale hedges

After oil’s crash below zero, explorers face hefty premiums for the financial instruments they rely upon to insure against price swings. Meanwhile, they’re also unwilling to lock in future supply with forward prices for crude remaining lackluster.

Daily Brief podcast: Strategies for navigating capital markets to outlast the downturn

Arindam Das discusses where energy sector companies must focus to meet capital markets' new expectations, both to survive the downturn and to act advantageously as stabilizing markets present new opportunities.

Physical oil prices are surging worldwide, but can it last?

From the Middle East to Siberia, the North Sea down to Latin America, the prices of physical cargoes of crude oil are rallying hard almost everywhere, underpinning a surge in headline futures markets. Now, though, attention is turning toward just how sustainable the recovery will really be.

Oil passes $34/bbl on shrinking American stockpiles

West Texas Intermediate futures rose for a sixth day in New York to near $34 a barrel. American inventories fell for a second week, and there was a record draw from the storage hub at Cushing, Oklahoma, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

China’s central planners could jump-start commodity demand in Friday meeting

The policy-setting National People’s Congress beginning in Beijing on Friday is arguably the pivotal stage of a recovery that has seen China’s raw materials output and energy consumption rebound from a virus-induced crash to pre-pandemic levels.

Daily Brief Podcast: Simon Watkins on Saudi moves, Shale 3.0, and recovering demand

The real result of Saudi Arabia's production cuts, how recovering global markets impact large and small shale players differently, and what that means for the future of the industry.

Key global markets’ physical oil prices climbing as OPEC+ cuts supply

Demand is recovering in major oil consumers China and India, led by a rebound in gasoline and diesel consumption. Chinese refiners are seeing profits from turning crude into fuels, even as processors across much of the region including Singapore face negative margins.

Permian leads U.S. shale decline as output reaches 2018 low

Overall production is seen falling by 197,000 barrels a day next month to 7.822 MMbbl, which would be the lowest since late 2018. The expected decline would have been even more dramatic if not for a downward revision to May’s output estimate in the order of half a million barrels a day.