The Iran factor seems to outweigh the Russian risk

Oil prices are almost stable, subject to two opposing forces. The price of Brent 1st-nearby seems to be trending very slightly downwards and is trading around $92.3/b this morning. It is notable that a US official’s warning of an imminent invasion of Ukraine by Russia and conversely a meeting between US and Russian diplomatic chiefs next week had little or no impact on oil prices.

A geopolitical risk premium remains, to be sure, but the market seems increasingly focused on the prospect of a return of Iranian oil if a nuclear deal is signed soon. However, rising margins on oil products and low inventories are boosting refinery activity, particularly in Asia.

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This explains why crude prices remain so high, even though the market does not seem to really believe in a tipping point in the war between Russia and Ukraine and the probability of an increase in Iranian exports of at least 1mb/d has increased significantly.

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