Geopolitics has taken over the oil market, driving oil prices up to three-year highs. The inventory surplus has vanished, and more outages could push oil prices up even higher. Yet, there are some signs that demand is starting to take a hit as oil closes in on $80 per barrel.

While many are thinking that the sharp rise in the price of oil is an overnight sensation, the reality is that this is a bull market that has been years in the making.

Oil prices fed into the fears of stock market volatility and now suddenly fears a U.S. production increase. The U.S.

Last Christmas, you said shale would jumpstart, but very soon after, it all fell apart, this year you say no more tears, you say that shale will be special. Last Christmas you said production would rise it did but fell far short of your prize. This year, you say have no fear, we will hit a new high threshold.

Santa baby, slip a little bitcoin under the tree for me.

Oil prices are responding positively to an extension of the current OPEC/Non-OPEC production deal, especially because Nigeria and Libya agreed to cap production, but a monthly report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on U.S. production rising over 3% to 9.48 million barrels a day seemed to put a bit of a wet blanket on the markets' enthusiasm. Not to mention a million barrels of hedged shale oil output.
While OPEC and The Energy Information Administration raising its outlook for demand and lowers its projection for global Non-OPEC production, The International Energy Agency (IEA) releases a report that shows that tries to talk down demand next year admit they underestimated demand this year.
Oil prices struggled as U.S. oil production was propped up or was it production propaganda?
Gasoline versus oil supply is one reason the petroleum markets are struggling. A full gasoline tank, as far as supply goes, is overshadowing the big crude oil supply draw.
Oil is officially back in a bull market even as a rising dollar is causing some profit taking early.