Oil Price SPIKES along with Gold Prices after Attack on Saudi Arabia

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Oil prices jumped more than 10% after a coordinated drone attack hit the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry on Saturday, forcing the kingdom to cut its oil output in half.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures popped $5.72, or 10.4%, to $60.57 per barrel. Brent crude futures soared $7.09, or 11.8% to $67.31.  Gold is up $10.71 per ounce to $1510.20 per ounce. 

Drone strikes attacked an oil processing facility at Abqaiq and the nearby Khurais oil field on Saturday, knocking out 5.7 million barrels of daily crude production or 50% of the kingdom’s oil output. Saudi Aramco, the national oil company, reportedly aims to restore about a third of its crude output, or 2 million barrels by Monday.

“While in the short term the direct physical impact on the market might be limited, this should move the market away from its bearish macroeconomic cycle and raise the risk premium in the market as funds reduce their short positions,” said Chris Midgley, global head of analytics, S&P Global Platts.

Sunday evening, President Donald Trump said he was authorizing the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to keep the markets “well-supplied.”

Gasoline prices to consumers are expected to go up IMMEDIATELY.

 

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    Gifford Rodine · 3 months ago
    From memory, I think we, the USA, are now a net exporter of petroleum products, or very close to that. So if you have some prepper stored and treated gasoline, this may be a time you can avoid the short term price spike by using some of it now. Be sure to resupply and treat your prepper stored fuel when the price goes down.