Oil edges higher post U.S. reimposition of Venezuela sanctions

By Daniel M.

April 18, 2024   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

Market Responses and Legislative Developments

Oil prices rose slightly in early trading on Thursday as a result of the US decision to impose oil sanctions against Venezuela. Brent prices increased by 10 cents to $87.39 a barrel, while U.S. oil futures rose by 2 cents to $82.71

This improvement comes after both benchmarks fell 3% in the previous session due to concerns about demand.

The United States declared that it will not renew a license that previously reduced Venezuela’s oil restrictions, instead reimposing harsh measures. This decision was spurred by President Nicolas Maduro’s failure to fulfill his election promises. 

While this move is expected to have an impact on Venezuela’s oil exports, which were 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the first quarter, with 165,000 bpd going for the United States, analysts believe it to be small due to the moderate numbers involved.

Meanwhile, concerns remain over Israel’s potential retribution in response to Iran’s recent missile and drone attacks. To avoid further escalation, European Union leaders agreed to increase sanctions against Iran.

Legislative Implications and Economic Trends

On the legislative front, the United States House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on security assistance packages totaling more than $95 billion for Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific region. This includes $61 billion to address the Ukrainian crisis.

Despite these changes, the Federal Reserve’s most recent survey indicated a small increase in US economic activity from late February to early April. 

Firms, on the other hand, are indicating that they expect inflation pressures to remain stable, which is consistent with recent trends that have kept the central bank from considering rate reduction.

JP Morgan forecasts that global oil consumption in April was 101 million bpd, slightly lower than its earlier expectation of 200,000 bpd.

Final Thoughts

The resumption of US sanctions on Venezuelan oil shipments, combined with rising Middle Eastern tensions and the potential consequences of Iran’s actions, highlights the oil market’s volatility and geopolitical complications

As market participants manage these dynamics, they will pay particular attention to how these factors affect supply and demand in the following weeks.

Daniel M.

Daniel Moore is a seasoned trading analyst with over 20 years of experience navigating the ever-evolving financial landscape. Renowned for his unconventional yet effective approach, Daniel utilizes a blend of technical and fundamental analysis to identify hidden gems and craft winning trade strategies. He is a master at demystifying complex market data and translating it into actionable insights for traders of all experience levels.

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