Failure to reach oil output agreement at Doha, Brent crude down in early trade, ASX SPI200 futures down 4 points

The big news over the weekend was the failure to reach an agreement on an oil output freeze at the meeting between OPEC and other oil producing nations in Doha, Qatar. While some analysts were hopeful on the ability to reach an agreement, it seems like a clear case of “buy the rumour, sell the fact”. I’ve included a chart of Brent Crude futures below which are down US$2.82 (-6.10%) in early trade this morning and I expect this to broadly weigh on commodity prices and resource sector equities today. While Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer, was originally open to a deal it made it clear that it was conditional on all OPEC members joining the agreement, including Iran who was not present at the agreement and stated they would not be a signatory to any self-imposed sanctions. 

On Friday we had Chinese GDP data out with an expected reading of 6.7% vs a 6.8% prior however there were some positive signs with both retail sales (Mar YoY) beating estimates of 10.3% with a reading of 10.5%, fixed asset investment (Mar YoY) increased to 10.7% vs 10.2% estimated and industrial production (Mar YoY) beat expectations of 5.4% with 6.8% growth. This follows on from a smaller decrease than expected in PPI data earlier in the week, suggesting we are beginning to see signs the Chinese economy is stabilizing.

European equity markets were broadly lower on Friday, FTSE100 (-0.34), DAX30 (-0.42%) and Euro Stoxx 50 (-0.21%). U.S. equities also traded lower, S&P500 (-0.10%) & Nasdaq100 (-0.25%) after the University of Michigan confidence survey, which assesses consumer confidence across personal finances, business conditions and purchasing power, missed estimates of 92.0 with a reading of 89.70.

Looking to the local market we can expect a weaker open this morning with ASX SPI200 futures down 4 points while the Australia Dollar is down 0.36%.

Source: Rivkin, Bloomberg, Updata

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This article was written by James Woods - Global Investment Analyst, Rivkin Securities Pty Ltd. Enquiries can be made via or by phoning +612 8302 3600.

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