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> Market Snapshot: 14 January 2019

Open Energy Market Snapshot

Currency: Sterling vs Euro

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Sterling versus Euro


  • Weak Chinese import/export data has set a negative tone for stock markets and oil at the start of the week
  • The US government shutdown has evolved into the longest on record. The shutdown is adding to broader financial market concerns
  • Headlines at the start of the week suggest that no Brexit is likelier than a no-deal Brexit. Theresa May’s Brexit deal is expected to be rejected by parliament on Tuesday. Sterling has maintained its recent gains against the euro. There is typically an inverse correlation between sterling moves and gas price moves

Brent Crude Evolution

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Brent Crude Evolution


  • Oil prices have fallen below the psychologically important $60 level at the start of the week as the poor Chinese import/export data weighs on prices
  • The weekly CFTC report in the US shows hedge funds have reduced their bets on oil price rises to the lowest levels since Q1’16
  • Venezuela is increasingly in the headlines as the US openly calls for regime change and strengthens ties with Colombia and the new right-wing government in Brazil. Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves

UK Gas (Summer’19) – [indicative of the Power Market]

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Summer Gas 2019

Gas & Power

  • The UK gas system has been consistently and noticeably oversupplied each morning for the last two weeks
  • Frequent LNG cargos continue to arrive in the UK and pipeline flows from the continent, in particular from Holland, have been healthier than expected
  • The “Beast from the East” weather phenomenon is forecast to return to the UK from the 20th of January
  • Power prices are closely following gas prices

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