Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Oil: "It's The Economy, Stupid"

The cacophony of various talking heads proclaiming this morning that oil price weakness is not due to weak demand but to over-supply (which are obviously merely different sides to the same coin) was deafening. While he hate to steal the jam from their aggregate donuts, the following chart may just provide a hint at what is really driving oil prices... "it's the economy, stupid!"
Correlation is not causation but.. well in this case, it is
Oil: "It's The Economy, Stupid"

But while this chart is an inconvenient truth, we are sure the meme of US growth saving the world will continue to be spewed as gospel (oh wait a minute... isn't the entire sell-side now taking a chainsaw to their Q3/Q4 GDP growth estimates after construction spending and trade deficit data?) 
Chart: Bloomberg

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