U.S. Rig Count is up 426 rigs from last year's count of 431, with oil rigs up 345, gas rigs up 79, and miscellaneous rigs up 2. Canadian Rig Count is up 59 rigs from last year's count of 40, with oil rigs up 21, gas rigs up 39, and miscellaneous rigs down 1.
Schlumberger Announces First-Quarter 2017 Results: - Revenue of $6.9 billion decreased 3% sequentially - GAAP EPS, including Cameron integration charges of $0.05 per share, was $0.20 - EPS, excluding Cameron integration charges, was $0.25 - Cash flow from operations was $656 million - Quarterly cash dividend of $0.50 per share was approved
«Топливно-энергетический комплекс (для нас это важный сектор) демонстрировал уверенный рост и даже рекорды: во-первых, по добыче и экспорту нефти, причём за счёт месторождений, для которых были приняты специальные режимы; во-вторых, по добыче угля; в-третьих, по экспорту газа. В-четвёртых, очень хорошие показатели были достигнуты по генерации электроэнергии атомными электростанциями», - отметил Председатель Правительства РФ.
Total petroleum deliveries in March moved up 0.2 percent from March 2016 to average nearly 19.7 million barrels per day. These were the highest March deliveries in nine years, since 2008. For the first quarter of 2017, total domestic petroleum deliveries, a measure of U.S. petroleum demand, were up 0.4 percent compared with the first quarter of 2016 to average 19.5 million barrels per day. These were the highest first quarter deliveries since 2008. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) April 7, 2017 report, the U.S. added 98,000 jobs in March. In addition, the unemployment rate (4.5 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (7.2 million) were down from prior month and the prior year.
Brent crude futures were at $53.34 per barrel at 0715 GMT (3:15 a.m. ET), up 41 cents, or 0.77 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 32 cents, or 0.63 percent, to $50.76 a barrel.
The crude oil contract for May delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 53¢ on Apr. 17 to close at $52.65/bbl. The June contract lost 49¢ to $53.11/bbl. The natural gas price for May declined 6.4¢ to a rounded $3.16/MMbtu. The Henry Hub cash gas price closed Apr. 17 at $3.06/MMbtu, up 8¢. The Brent crude contract for June on London’s ICE also declined 53¢, settling at $55.36/bbl. The July contract was down 49¢ to $55.88/bbl. The gas oil contract for May lost 25¢ at $497.75/tonne. The average price for OPEC’s basket of benchmark crudes on Apr. 17 was $52.94/bbl, down 43¢.
It can be argued confidently that the market is already very close to balance, and as more data becomes available this will become clearer.
U.S. Rig Count is up 407 rigs from last year's count of 440, with oil rigs up 332, gas rigs up 73, and miscellaneous rigs up 2. Canadian Rig Count is up 78 rigs from last year's count of 40, with oil rigs up 30 and gas rigs up 48.
North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $52 per barrel (b) in March, $3/b lower than the February average. EIA forecasts Brent prices to average $54/b in 2017 and $57/b in 2018. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices are forecast to average $2/b less than Brent prices in both 2017 and 2018.
For 2017, Henry Hub prices are projected to average $3.10/MMBtu, 7 cents above what was indicated in March. The forecast for 2018 stayed steady at $3.45/MMBtu.