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An oil-drilling outside of Midland, Texas. Photo: Brittany Sowacke / Bloomberg via Getty Images

After last week's losses, prices remain pretty volatile, as WTI was hovering above $60 again in pre-market trading, Reuters reports.

One key data point: "Data released Friday revealed the biggest weekly jump in the number of U.S. oil-drilling rigs since January 2017, contributing to concerns about a surge in U.S. production," MarketWatch notes.

What to watch this week: In addition to the usual Energy Information Administration (EIA) data on stockpiles on Wednesday, this week brings...

  • The latest edition of the International Energy Agency's closely watched monthly oil market report lands tomorrow.
  • On Monday afternoon, EIA will show its forecast for U.S. shale production this month and in March.

Be smart: A weekend piece in Bloomberg's Gadfly analysis section says the "nightmare scenario" for OPEC would be data emerging soon that shows a cut in projected global oil demand growth, which would be the other shoe to drop after surging U.S output.

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Biden Cabinet confirmation schedule: When to watch hearings

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Jan. 16 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

The first hearings for President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet nominations begin on Tuesday, with testimony from his picks to lead the departments of State, Homeland and Defense.

Why it matters: It's been a slow start for a process that usually takes place days or weeks earlier for incoming presidents. The first slate of nominees will appear on Tuesday before a Republican-controlled Senate, but that will change once the new Democratic senators-elect from Georgia are sworn in.

Kamala Harris resigns from Senate seat ahead of inauguration

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris submitted her resignation from her seat in the U.S. Senate on Monday, two days before she will be sworn into her new role.

What's next: California Gov. Gavin Newsom has selected California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to serve out the rest of Harris' term, which ends in 2022.