Oil ETFs Show Muted Reaction To Price Bearish Rig Count Data

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Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI) released its weekly rig count data earlier Friday, showing an increase in U.S. rig count for the week ended October 21.

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U.S. rig count, including oil and natural gas rigs, totaled 563, up 14 from the week ended October 14, although it represented a 234-drop from a year earlier. Meanwhile, rig count for oil was up 11 to 443 rigs, marking the seventeenth straight week without a reduction.

Canadian and international rig counts, however, fell 22 and 3, respectively week-over-week to 143 and 934.

Oil did not react much immediately after the data and was seen close to the previous session's closing price of $50.63 a barrel for the December contract. At last check, a barrel of WTI oil was fetching $50.70.

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The fact that the price bearish data did not trigger a selloff, despite the run up in oil prices this week is commendable.

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Meanwhile, the reactions in oil ETFs were also muted:

  • The United States Oil Fund LP (ETF) (USO) was little changed at $11.43.
  • United States Brent Oil Fund LP (BNO) was up 0.60 percent at $15.03.
  • VelocityShares 3X Long Crude ETN linked to the S&P GSCI Crude Oil Index Excess Return (UWTI) was rising 0.33 percent at $27.30.
  • VelocityShares 3X Inverse Crude ETN linked to the S&P GSCI Crude Oil Index Excess Return (DWTI) was down 0.28 percent at $57.50.

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