“OPEC appears to be gearing up for a price war,” according to Commerzbank analysts. “Such measures give rise to doubts about OPEC’s longstanding strategy of striving above all for price stability. We therefore do not expect prices to stabilize until this impression disappears and OPEC returns to coordinated production cuts.”
After Saudi Arabia’s announcement, some oil analysts expect crude oil prices to continue falling another couple percentage points, which could push down both the WTI and Brent into bear market territory.
“It’s both supply and demand. it’s basically the perfect storm that brought oil prices down,” Fadel Gheit, Oppenheimer senior energy analyst, said in the CNBC aritcle. “You have plenty of supply which you never thought possible, and all of a sudden, demand is shrinking, China’s slowing down, Europe never recovered.”
Meanwhile, the more aggressive oil trader may utilize inverse and leveraged ETFs to hedge against further oil price declines. The ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil (NYSEArca: SCO) tries to reflect the two times inverse, or -200%, daily performance of WTI crude oil. The United States Short Oil (NYSEArca: DNO) tracks the opposite moves of light. Additionally, the VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude (NYSEArca: DWTI) tracks the daily -300% performance of oil prices. [Taking A Bearish Approach to Oil ETFs]
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Max Chen contributed to this article.