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> Market Snapshot: 21 January 2019

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Currency: Sterling vs Euro

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  • Chinese 2018 GDP growth was 6.6% which is the weakest rate of growth in 28 years. Stock have generally been buoyed this morning by the potential for Chinese economic stimulus measures
  • The US federal government shutdown continues. The dollar and the US stock markets have risen over the last week regardless
  • Cross-party Brexit talks have failed and Theresa May is demanding more concessions from the EU. Sterling has fallen against the euro over the last two sessions

Brent Crude Evolution

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  • The oil market backdrop continues to be set by the opposing forces of increasing US oil production versus OPEC production cuts
  • The potential for Chinese economic stimulus measures and continued strong Chinese crude demand are supporting oil prices at the start of the week
  • There has been a major escalation in Syria with Israeli planes currently bombing Iranian forces in the country after Syria shot a surface to surface missile into Israel
  • Trump continues to call for regime change in Venezuela (world’s largest oil reserves) and is leaving the military option on the table

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

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Summer Gas 2019

Gas & Power

  • European gas storage levels are 10.5% above levels at the same time last year
  • There are 7 LNG tankers due into the UK by the first week of February as high volumes of LNG (compared to recent winters) continues
  • The two week temperature forecast shows conditions up to 4 degrees below seasonal normal levels across much of the UK during the period
  • Power prices are closely following gas prices

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