Turbulent Times – The World Prepares for Recession

Posted: March 27, 2020
Category: News Pulse

RP Weekly Recap | March 23-27


With the COVID-19 virus and ongoing price war wreaking havoc on the industry, companies are doing anything and everything to stay afloat in these turbulent times.

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Statistics

  • Number of Cases (Worldwide): 558,905 (up from 250,856 last week)
  • Number of Cases (USA): 86,012 (up from 3,297 last week)

COVID-19 News

  • India Orders Nationwide Lockdown (Link)
    • This will translate to a further decline in oil demand 
  • Epidemiologist Behind Highly Cited Coronavirus Model Drastically Revises Model (Link)

Financial & Economic Updates

US Oil Market News

  • U.S. Oil Turns its Back on the Permian as Prices Crash (Link
    • According to Fitch Ratings, Saudi Arabia needs oil prices at $91 a barrel in 2020 to balance its budget, all else being equal 
  • The Biggest Threat to Western Oil Majors (Link)
  • US Suspends Plan to Buy Oil After Funding Is Left Out of $2 Trillion Stimulus Package (Link)

Global Market News

  • The Real Reason Oil Prices Crashed (Link) **MUST READ**
  • Saudi Arabia’s Price Oil Price War is Backfiring (Link)
  • Saudi Arabia And The U.S. Could Form The World’s Newest Oil Cartel (Link)
  • Mexican Firm Buys 15 Million Barrels from Venezuela in Oil for Food Deal (Link)

Employment Updates

  • The Job Hunt: Job Offers to New Grads Rescinded (Link)
  • How to Transition to an Online Classroom or Work Space (Link)
  • Over 1 Million Oil Field Service Job Cuts Likely in 2020 (Link)


Content UpdatesNews PulsePodcast

  • New Monday Madness Podcast (Link)
  • RP Basin Breakdown Podcast February 2020: Back to the Future (Link)
  • Basin News: UPDATED: US Shale Sector Budget Cuts Adding Up Quickly (Link)
  • Permian Basin News: Chevron Hits the Brakes on Permian, Cuts $8 Billion Across Company (Link)
  • Periodical: Disaster on the Horizon 
    • With the world increasingly oversupplied due to a global pandemic and overproduction flooding the market, crude is being forced into storage in hopes of a future when prices begin to stabilize. The only problem – storage is reaching capacity (Link).

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