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Saudi Arabia, Russia in No Mood to Cave to US Fracking Boom

from Wolf Street:

The recently vaunted decline in US crude oil production, supported by granular estimates, has been used in rationalizing the newly sizzling rally in oil prices. Analysts are digging through local details to come up with clues where this might be going. Money is re-pouring into the sector. And folks are already espousing the next stage, that the glut is over and that a shortage will set in soon, or something.

Alas, the decline in US oil production is, let’s say, relative. The EIA estimated that in the week ended May 1, producers pumped 9.369 million barrels per day. So that’s down from the crazy peak set during week ended March 20 of 9.422 MMbpd. Halleluiah, production is back where it was on March 6! And it’s up 12.2% from a year ago!

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