The Energies Review
For the week of August 1, 2011
By Daniel Cronin
Last week the market saw crude close out relatively flat with a run to $100.60 and then a dive back to $95.70 as investors anticipated the debt ceiling issue. Well, good news for the markets as the issue seems to be resolved for the moment with Congress coming up with a plan to raise the debt ceiling as the S&P opened up +16 on the overnight Sunday session. Crude looks to be headed higher for the beginning of the week but I believe OTM puts could be purchased here as crude will likely drift lower after the news settles in. Arbs have gotten crushed again with Sep now -22. This is the lowest it has been ao far and a good indicator of the downward pressure being put on wti.
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