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Mining for Oil Forecasts


Abstract: In this paper, we study the usefulness of a large number of traditional determinants and novel text-based variables for in-sample and out-of-sample forecasting of oil spot and futures returns, energy company stock returns, oil price volatility, oil production, and oil inventories. After carefully controlling for small-sample biases, we find compelling evidence of in-sample predictability. Our text measures hold their own against traditional variables for oil forecasting. However, none of this translates to out-of-sample predictability until we data mine our set of predictive variables. Our study highlights that it is difficult to forecast oil market outcomes robustly.

Keywords: Asset Pricing; Commodity Markets; Energy Forecasting; Model Validation;

JEL Classification: C52; G18; G14; G17; Q47;

https://doi.org/10.18651/RWP2020-20

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Part of Series: Research Working Paper

Publication Date: 2020-12-23

Number: RWP 20-20