Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2012 | In Exchange Traded Funds
Oil prices and Oil ETFs continued their rise today on Greece hopes, positive US economic indicators, and Iran fears. Oil rose .90% to close at $103.24 per barrel while oil ETFs including the United States Oil Fund LP (NYSEARCA:USO), the iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return ETF (NYSEARCA:OIL), the PowerShares DB Oil Fund ETF (NYSEARCA:DBO), and the SPDR Select Sector Energy ETF (NYSEARCA:XLE) all rose about 1% today on average.
The increase in oil prices and oil ETFs is likely based on several factors, the main factor being the hope that Greece receives its bailout package on Monday. If the EU saves Greece and the Euro, it would at least symbolize that the Eurozone is dedicated to saving its economy; since growing economies require oil, oil prices would likely rise with a recovering Eurozone.
Economies like the US Economy also require gobs of oil for growth, and since the US has released several economic reports indicating positive (but slow) growth, these reports likely boost sentiment for oil as fuel for growth.
The last factor which has likely contributed to higher oil prices is Iran, which has reacted to western embargoes with threats to shut off their oil supplies. Sudan and Yemen have already seen supply shortages, which might indicate that Iran is serious in its intentions. If Iran does shut off their oil supplies, oil prices will likely skyrocket due to lack of supply.
Oil ETF Summary:
- United States Oil Fund LP ETF (NYSEARCA:USO): +0.46 (1.17%)
- iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return ETF (NYSEARCA:OIL): +0.32 (1.23%)
- PowerShares DB Oil Fund ETF (NYSEARCA:DBO): +0.27 (0.90%)
- SPDR Select Sector Energy ETF (NYSEARCA:XLE): +0.30 (0.40%)
Bottom Line: Oil ETFs continued their rise today on Greece hopes, US economic growth, and continued Iranian tensions. If Greece is bailed out, the US economy continues to grow, and/or Iran decides to blow a gasket, oil and oil ETFs will likely continue to rise.
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