In 2016 Gazprom’s gas deliveries to Serbia had added 4.3 per cent compared to 2015. On top of that, the first half of 2017 saw a considerable increase in the demand for Russian gas: from January through May 2017 Gazprom’s gas supplies to Serbia climbed 42.2 per cent compared to the same period of 2016.
“While the overall trade deficit continues to grow, it is too soon for the numbers to reflect the recent deal with China and other actions of this Administration is taking to level the balance of trade,” said Secretary Ross. “We look forward to the July 16 deadline which will open up the Chinese market to American beef, liquefied natural gas and other products.”
The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $47.6 billion in April, up $2.3 billion from $45.3 billion in March, revised. April exports were $191.0 billion, $0.5 billion less than March exports. April imports were $238.6 billion, $1.9 billion more than March imports.
U.S. Rig Count is up 508 rigs from last year's count of 408, with oil rigs up 408, gas rigs up 100, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged. Canadian Rig Count is up 58 rigs from last year's count of 41, with oil rigs up 38 and gas rigs up 20.
Benchmark Brent crude futures LCOc1 were off by nearly 3 percent at $49.14 per barrel at 1034 GMT (6:34 a.m. ET), down $1.49 from the previous close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 futures fell $1.45 cents to $46.91 per barrel.
В своем докладе Глава «Роснефти» заявил, что период низких нефтяных цен надолго, в настоящее время цены зафиксировались в диапазоне от 45 до 50 долларов за баррель Брент, а волатильность рынков и неопределенность значительно выросли. «Нынешняя «передышка» не должна нас успокаивать, - заявил Игорь Сечин, – условий для стабильной работы рынка пока не создано. Ряд крупных производителей, которые не участвуют в договоренностях, активно используют конъюнктуру для усиления собственной рыночной позиции, что, скорее, создает предпосылки для новой нестабильности, нежели для выхода на траекторию устойчивого роста».
"When these factors are taken together I can only conclude that the supplies coming from marginal barrels including shale production will not be sufficient to meet the future need for incremental capacity the mid-term," Falih said. "The market balance is already pointing in that direction," he added.
Pumping crude from seabeds thousands of feet below water is turning cheaper as producers streamline operations and prioritize drilling in core wells, according to Wood Mackenzie Ltd. That means oil at $50 a barrel could sustain some of these projects by next year, down from an average break-even price of about $62 in the first quarter and $75 in 2014, the energy consultancy estimates.
The historic record of 10 million barrels per day was reached during November, 1970, when US oil prices were still below 3 USD. The record was close to being surpassed in 2015 when US production peaked in April at 9.6 million barrels. Production then dropped 1 million barrels per day over 18 months as oil prices fell from above 100 to below 40 USD.
Benchmark Brent oil LCOc1 was down $1.45, or 2.8 percent, at $50.39 a barrel by 1157 GMT (7.57 a.m. ET), after earlier touching $50.13 a barrel, the weakest since May 10. U.S. light crude CLc1 traded at $48.43, down $1.23 cents, or 2.5 percent.