Not out of the woods yet
With many oil majors announcing subdued quarterly results over recent weeks, it is clear that the oil industry is not out of the woods yet. However, the oil markets are showing renewed signs of life, as oil prices nudge upwards towards US$50/bbl. Geo-political risk continues to be a driving factor for oil prices, with various oil-producing powers - Russia, the US, OPEC, to name but a few - locked in a struggle to agree a sustainable global supply level that could help prices bounce back. As a result, the global energy markets remain an interesting space to watch.