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U.S. oil rigs rose again this week with WTI oil back over $52. Rigs had fallen the past three with maintainence and Harvey disruptions. On a monthly basis it is down by 9 in September, after declining 7 in August. U.S. drillers added six oil rigs in the week to Sept. 29 General Electric Co’s Baker Hughes reported. Crude oil prices gained over 9 % this month, the biggest monthly increase since April 2016 on post hurricane and Kurd indpendance risk adjustments.

U.S. natural gas rigs fell 1 while US oil rigs rose 6 this week after post Hurricane Harvey restoration continues. With U.S. oil and gas production already back to pre Harvey levels. Bakers Hughes says Canada took down 9 oil rigs and added 2 gas rigs. The lower rigs appeared to be mainly due to maintenance and hurricane takedowns with efficient wells coming back on. We saw some rigs off per companies plans at their last earnings guidance. 

The Total North America rig count fell 2 to 1153 up 469 year on year. 

US oil rig counts firmed as oil hovered around $50 for the week as it has for much of the year. Once Saudi Arabia was downgraded by Fitch OPEC has been in a very difficult spot on extending or deepen cuts. Given the amount of hedging by US Producers over $50-52 this fall hurts the OPEC side considerably in the market share game.

Shale production has been lifted by the smaller niche producer and majors like ExxonMobil.  Exxon CEO Darren Woods said $XOM is diverting about one-third of its drilling budget this year to shale fields that will deliver cash flow in as little as three years. The Texas Permian basin is the epicenter of activity. CERAWeek in Houston added to the drilling positive tone and appears we haven't looked back after the past few weeks earnings reports for the most part.

 BHI Rig Count 9 29 17

BHI Rig Count 9 29 17

Since a six-year low of 316 in May 2016 drillers have added over 100%. Total oil and natural gas rig count ended 2016 at 658, down 6 percent from the 698 at the finish of 2015.

Baker Hughes North American Rig Summary

Source: Baker Hughes, TradersCommunity

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