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US Crude Oil Rig Count Nears Multiyear High

Gordon Kristopher
US Crude Oil Rig Count Nears Multiyear High

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), released its US crude oil rig count report on May 25, indicating that the US crude oil rig count rose by 15 to reach 859 between May 11 and 18—the highest level since March 13. The rig count was 137 (~19%) higher than a year ago. WTI crude oil prices have increased ~60% since June 21, 2017, while the iShares US Oil Equipment & Services ETF (IEZ) and the VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH) have risen ~17.8% and ~15%, respectively.