Friday, January 12, 2018

US, Canada rig counts jump as Brent hits $70/bbl

The latest Baker Hughes rig count is out with the number of US, Canadian and International rigs all on the up. 

The US rig count is up 15 rigs from last week to 939, with oil rigs up 10 to 752, gas rigs up 5 to 187, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged. 

Compared to last year, US rig count is up 280 rigs from 2017's count over the same week of 659, with oil rigs up 230, gas rigs up 51, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 0. 

Canada's rig count is up 102 rigs from last week to 276, with oil rigs up 87 to 185 and gas rigs up 15 to 91. The headline figure is down 39 rigs from last year's count of 315, with oil rigs up 15, gas rigs down 53, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 0. 

As for the international rig count, it was up 12 in December, compared to the month before to 954 rigs, and up 25 on the same month in 2016. With the West Texas Intermediate firming up around $65 per barrel, and Brent hitting $70 for the first time since December 2014, the latest data does give the bears some food for thought. Happy Friday folks! Keep reading, keep it ‘crude’! 

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