Tuesday Already? $120 Oil and $5 Gasoline Make a Miserable Return

It was a fairly uneventful weekend.

Except for one thing…  China began to re-open and that additional anticipated demand sent Oil (/CL) prices soaring from Friday's $115 to just under $120 this morning.  That's putting retail Gasoline (/RB) prices over $5 per gallon in almost all of the country as we're now over $4 wholesale and, at the same time, the Dollar has popped back up from 101.30 to 102 – and that's puttting pressure on both indexes and commodities (thank Goodness in the case of Oil).  

 Oil may pop over $120 today as EU leaders are aligning to back an embargo of Russian Oil.  This would be the 6th set of sanctions against Russia but the EU only consumes 2.3Mbd of the 7.8Mbd Russia exports and, oil being what it is – it's likely to be bought somewhere else – so it's hard to say how effective this will ultimately be.  In theory, it will force Russia to sell oil in Asia, where oil is $34 cheaper per barrel and that will cost them $10Bn a year in lost revenues. 

Why Biden picked Powell - POLITICOThe definite effect is that it's going to make oil much more expensive in Europe, where Brent Crude is already $123 per barrel.  The bottom line is inflation is still out of control and the ECB is planning rate hikes and Biden is meeting with Powell this afternoon to see if there isn't more we could be doing in the US.  

Over in Europe, German Inflation is flying, now at 8.7%, which is the most since 1963 in a country that deeply fears inflation (one of the things that led to WWII):

“Inflation is an enormous economic risk,” German Finance Minister Christian Lindner told a news conference in Berlin.  “We must fight it so that no economic crisis results and a spiral takes hold in which inflation feeds off itself.”

Looks a bit like it's feeding off itself already, doesn't it?  

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Source: philstockworld

Tuesday Already? $120 Oil and $5 Gasoline Make a Miserable Return