Oil falls from record high on strong dollar

01 May 2008
Oil dropped to the $110 mark at the end of April, after the US dollar rose to a five-week high against the euro following the US Federal Reserve’s latest interest rate cut.

The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) traded at $112.38 on 1 May on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after hitting $119.93 on 28 April.

Investment bank Citigroup says the appreciation of the US dollar was a significant development for energy markets as bullish traders had been relying on a downward trend in the dollar as a key justification for continued high prices for crude.

However, it warned that prices could rise again if Nigerian oil workers remained on strike, with about 800,000-barrels-a-day (b/d) of production currently shut down from ExxonMobil’s production facility in the West African country.

“We would also note that the market’s failure to climb past $120 on the back of the recent supply outages tends to send a bearish message,” says the bank.

Despite prices easing from record highs, Opec’s president, Chakib Khelil, warned on 30 April that the price of crude could hit $200 a barrel, adding that the oil producers' cartel would not consider increasing production before it next meets in September.

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