Commodity Markets In Distress As Oil Rout Continues

Friday, August 21, 2015
By Paul Martin

By Matt Smith
OilPrice.com
Fri, 21 August 2015

One hundred and eleven years after the birth of Count Basie, and the ongoing rout in the crude complex is in full swing today. Downhill one-way traffic continues amid headlines such as ‘No End in Sight for Oil Glut‘ and ‘Oil Poised for Longest Weekly Losing Streak Since 1986 Amid Glut‘. As the headlines get more apocalyptic, and the price projections get lower (this week: $15 oil, no, $10 oil), the more it feels like we are approaching a turning point. Or at least a whipsaw.

Looking at the overnight data releases, China has served to endorse the current mood of doom and gloom via a preliminary manufacturing print of prodigiously downbeat proportions. A print of 47.1 was seen, which was considerably lower than last month’s 47.8, and shy of the consensus of 47.7. It is the lowest print since March 2009 (hark, the belly of the great recession).

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