Oil Prices Slipped 0.26% in Sympathy with A 5% Slump in Copper Prices


Thursday, December 07, 2017 / 7:03 PM /FDC 

A 4.4% increase in the benchmark to $47pb indicates an intention to increase expenditure and reduce fiscal spending. This is an impudent but economically rational move.

Oil prices slipped 0.26% in sympathy with a 5% slump in copper prices. Copper is a bellwether commodity in the global commodity index.

Burning Economic Issues

·    Oil price benchmark hiked to $47pb

Brent slips 0.26% to $61.38pb

Eurobond proceeds boost external reserves to $38.2bn

CBN interventions of $210mn

Parallel market flat at N363/$

Diesel price flat at N200 per litre


Economic News

The Good  

·   Naira flat in the forex market

The Bad
·  Fuel queues and political activity coincide

   Will exacerbate inflationary pressure

Benchmark production of 2.3mbpd (including condensates) is ambitious

Power Generation analysis & Impact  
December 5th : Average power output sent was 4,054MWh/hour (up 93.5MWh/h)

Gas constraint was 793MW; line constraint was 117MW; frequency management constraint due to loss of DisCo feeders was 1189MW, water management constraint was 150MW

Estimated loss: N1.023mn (annualised at N373.3bn /$0.93mn)

Generation peak surpassed 5000MW

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Domestic Commodity Prices Movement
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Stock Market 

·        NSE ASI 1.51% to 39,075.30pts

Consumer goods sub index 1.51% to 952.01pts

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Oil prices
·     Brent crude 0.26% to $61.38pb

Prices down on concerns over increasing US crude output

US crude stocks rose to 9.2mb in the week ending Dec 1 –API report

Now reaching close to levels of top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia

Oil markets today
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Outlook – Oil Prices
·     US oil production expected to pose a threat to oil prices

Losses will be capped as OPEC and Non-OPEC members restrict output

Outlook – Agric Prices

·      Ample global supplies expected to weigh on prices


·      Sugar cane output expected to increase in the short-term 

·     Expectations of a global surplus on favourable weather conditions

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