President Donald Trump is fed up with crude oil prices and tweeted that “oil prices are too high, OPEC is at it again. Not good!” The Fed raised interest rates and Fed Chair Jerome Powell weighed in on oil and its impact on inflation and what they may mean for the economy going forward. This comes as surging U.S. refinery demand for oil shadowed over a 100,000-barrel a day increase in U.S. oil production.
With U.S. President Donald Trump already sparking uncertainty by lashing out at Canada and France ahead of the meeting, optimism has diminished over any agreement being reached on trade during the two-day summit. Risk sentiment could take a hit if the talks between G7 leaders descend into disagreements and arguments. With escalating trade tensions seen as a major threat to global stability, the outcome of the summit could leave a mark on global sentiment.
The United States will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico from midnight Thursday, May 31, ending months of uncertainty over potential exemptions and sharply escalating the risk of a trade war. The announcement by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was sure to cast a long shadow over a meeting of finance ministers from the world's Group of Seven top economies that opens later in the day in Canada.
Crude prices are going nuclear as President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iranian nuclear accord creating a new risk dynamic for global oil markets. The decision by president Trump to pull the plug on what he said was a horrible deal comes as global oil demand is rising and the lack of investment in the oil patch is making it difficult for global oil production to keep pace with demand.
President Trump has said the Iran Nuclear deal was insane and ridiculous, yet that does not necessarily mean that he is going to back out of it. That possibility helped break oil from near a three-and-a-half-year high that had rallied, in part, on threats by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who warned of "severe consequences" if the Trump Administration "betrays the deal."
Making collusion great again. The OPEC says that its recent move to cut oil production had nothing to do with greed, but they acted with a “noble goal” of rescuing the global oil market. These comments came from the UAE energy minister Suhail Al Mazrouei, who said it’s not about raising prices it is about the noble endeavor of working to reduce oversupply. Well, in a way he does have a point.
Recently, the Trump Administration introduced trade barriers on the imports of washing machines and solar products. This move was based on a World Trade Organization rule that allows countries to re-introduce trade barriers in cases where evidence clearly suggests that “a domestic industry is injured or threatened with injury caused by a surge in imports.”