Oil Prices Swing Wildly as Trump Nears Iran Announcement

Oil ends at 3.5-year high ahead of Trump's Iran decision

It looks like Iran is trying to lock in oil revenue before any Trump sanctions start

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May raised the potential impact of United States sanctions on those firms which are now conducting business in Iran. But for some of those companies, those deals could turn into losses if the new sanctions require them to cancel transactions.

Aircraft manufacturers stand to be big losers, with the pain shared between Chicago-based Boeing and Europe's Airbus. U.S. Airbus falls under USA rules because its planes include US -made components. There were one or two instances of Iran going over its allowed stockpile of heavy water, and within four or five days of negotiations and diplomacy, Iran had shipped out whatever excess it had.

He added that a "fundamental flaw" of the deal struck under former President Barack Obama was that "we have never had an adequate declaration from Iran of their prior military activities in connection with the nuclear program".

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The aircraft makers will avoid serious damage. You're sitting down and you're watching what President Trump is doing with the Iran deal, watching what his foreign policy consists of, and watching him walk away from a number of global agreements and deals. CEO Dennis Muilenburg said last month that losing the Iranian sales wouldn't slow down production.

Airbus, which is subject to the USA license because it makes at least 10 percent of its aircraft components in the US, says it will abide by the new USA sanctions but it could take "some time" to determine the full impact on the industry.

Iran says it had drawn up a plan to overcome the effects of Washington withdrawing, with budgets being reconfigured accordingly.

Iran is the third-largest oil producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and a key supplier, especially to refiners in Asia. Countries seeking exceptions "are advised to reduce their volume of crude oil purchases from Iran during this wind-down period", the Treasury noted.

European airlines opened up routes, hotel groups and oil companies inked deals. Total did not respond to requests for comment.

France has pledged to push back against the threat of U.S. sanctions against French companies doing business with Iran, in the wake of Washington's withdrawal from the worldwide nuclear agreement with Tehran.

While crude oil prices have rallied over the past 12 months, energy stocks have basically gone nowhere, which helped their gains on Wednesday, Arone said.

Light, sweet crude for June delivery fell 3.6% to $68.18 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, one day after prices notched the highest close since November 2014.

Since then, Iran ramped up supplies, producing 3.81 million bpd in March 2018, nearly 4 percent of global output.

And Schneider Electric said, "Turmoil for the Iran nuclear deal continues to be the main headline for this week's trading, with the prospect of declining Iranian supply coming at a time when the market is already facing a fairly tight supply picture". And the impression on the worldwide oil market could also be much less dramatic than some feared.

The US also named 20 companies in the action, including 16 in Venezuela.

Many analysts expect oil prices to rise significantly, as the market adjusts to looming US sanctions and Iran's exports sink amid strong demand.

This array of developments comes just as the summer driving season begins in the US, meaning that consumers should expect higher prices at the pump, certainly in excess of $3 per gallon, on average, and possibly much higher.

Despite that, the geopolitical risk premium in oil has driven crude prices to almost four-year highs and shows no signs of abating.

A senior trader with another company said he expected banking to pose a major problem to Iranian oil trade and a third said even if waivers are granted, volumes would still decline. He did not name the countries.

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