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The Big Oil Turnaround: From Negative Prices to a Bull Market

  • OPEC+ cuts and rising fuel demand flip the market upside down
  • Crude stabilizes near $40, but $50 may be out of reach
Oil’s Rise Above $40 Comes as Demand Recovers, Shale Reawakens
Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Every day, traders in London congregate at 4 p.m. to buy and sell North Sea oil for half an hour. The window, as it’s known in the industry, is where competition between the most powerful players in the market sets the price of Brent crude.

Two months ago, every trader wanted to sell cargoes and none were keen to buy. Now the window has transformed into a bull market, where bids outnumber offers 10 to one and prices are surging.