|Bid||0.00 x 0|
|Ask||0.00 x 0|
|Day's Range||13.62 - 13.84|
|52 Week Range||8.65 - 14.00|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.31%|
Looks like OPEC is at it again. With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully loaded ships at sea, Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted! Prior to Trump’s tweet, oil prices had hit three-year highs this week on geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and news of large draw-downs in U.S. crude stockpiles.
On April 19, US crude oil June futures closed at $68.33 per barrel, just 0.2% below their high in over threes years. Prices fell as traders booked profits following a 2.1% rise in the trailing five trading days.
The S&P 500 fell ~0.5% to 2,693.13 on April 19, 2018, due to a decline in consumer staples and real estate stocks. Eight out of the ten major sectors in the S&P 500 fell on April 19, 2018.
To help investors keep up with the markets, we present our ETF Scorecard. The Scorecard takes a step back and looks at how various asset classes across the globe are performing. The weekly performance is from last Friday’s open to this week’s Thursday close.
Commodities rallied furiously Thursday morning, but leveled off by the afternoon -- a lesson for any investor to be wary of any asset class that rises too much, too fast. Brent crude gained 0.41% to $73 per barrel, West Texas Intermediate was roughly flat ending the day at around $68. Earlier in the session, Brent and WTI had both been up more than 1%.
It has a long way to go, but oil could return to $100 per barrel if Saudi Arabia, the largest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has its way. “Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia would be happy to see crude rise to $80 or even $100 a barrel, three industry sources said, a sign Riyadh will seek no changes to an OPEC supply-cutting deal even though the agreement’s original target is within sight,” reports Reuters. The United States Oil Fund (USO) , which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and the United States Brent Oil Fund (BNO) , which tracks Brent crude oil futures, shot higher on that report.
The EIA released the weekly US crude oil output data on April 18, 2018. The EIA reported that the US crude oil output rose by 15,000 bpd (barrels per day) to a record high of 10,540,000 bpd on April 6–13, 2018. The production also rose by 1,288,000 bpd or ~14% YoY (year-over-year).
On April 18, 2018, the EIA released its gasoline inventory data. The EIA reported that US gasoline inventories decreased by 2.9 MMbbls (million barrels) to 235.9 MMbbls on April 6–13, 2018. The inventories have decreased by 1.7 MMbbls or 0.7% YoY (year-over-year).
The S&P 500 rose ~0.1% to 2,708.64 on April 18, 2018. The index rose slightly due to bullish momentum in the energy and industrial sectors. Five out of ten major sectors in the S&P 500 rose on April 18, 2018.
Between April 10 and April 17, 2018, the correlation between natural gas and US crude oil May futures was just 4.2%. In the seven calendar days to April 17, US crude oil and natural gas prices moved in the same direction in three instances out of the last five trading sessions based on the closing prices.