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#TBT - Crude Prices This Year vs. Last

Posted by Kelly Burke on Aug 13, 2015 12:20:29 PM

Downwards pointing arrow with the words BRENT, WTI and OIL

#TBT - It's hard to believe it but just about exactly a year ago, we were still looking at Crude oil that was dancing around the old $100 "new normal" benchmark.

Front month trading in August of last year  saw WTI for September at $96.07 (August 20th), with a 52 week high of $106.64 and a 52 week low of $89.09.

Yesterday front month Brent closed at $49.66 and WTI settled at $43.30.  The 52 week high for WTI as of today is $92.31, and the 52 week low is $42.07 - however, today's trading looks like it may break that low.

Trading in July for front month August was over $100/bbl. 

From June 2014 to December 2014, Crude dropped over 40% from its highs (and continued to slide in 2015). 

You can view the drop in interactive chart form by clicking here.

Where do you think the bottom is?

 

(Also, if you want a recap of some of the major events affecting pricing since the slide began, you can read up on them here:

Greece Nears Default, sends Commodity Prices Reeling - June 2015

Oil Slides on Economic Data - August 2015  )

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: CRUDE, brent, wti

Chinese Currency Devaluation Slams Stocks, Boosts Commodities

Posted by Kelly Burke on Aug 12, 2015 6:35:00 PM

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Stocks got hammered on Tuesday when the Chinese yuan was devalued 1.9% by the Central Bank. In a move that clearly shocked the hell out of traders - today the market tanked again when the currency was devalued another percent. Twice in two days - literally no one saw that coming. 

The move is to boost exports - reporting showed Chinese exports dropped 8%, and devaluing the yuan puts Chinese exports at a price advantage which in theory will boost them. Industrial production in China fell 6% as well, and a ramp up of exports could help boost that number as well. 

On the commodities side, high drops in inventory were predicted on the EIA's Inventory Report this morning, which initially bumped up prices. However, while we saw draws, they weren't as deep as projected, causing some of the earlier-in-the-day spikes to be backed off of. Brent reversed earlier gains to essentially trade flat, and WTI backed quickly off intraday highs. 

On the report we saw draws of 1.7 mmb on Crude (forecast was 1.9mmb), Gasoline was down 1.3mmb (1.6 forecast), and ULSD showed a build of 3mmb (600k was forecast).

At the close, WTI settled out to 43.30,  ULSD closed up .0240 to 1.5869, and RBOB closed up .0698 to 1.7635

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Topics: Chinese Currency, EIA Inventories, stock market

Oil Bounces Back Today, But Talking Heads Say "Not for Long"

Posted by Kelly Burke on Aug 10, 2015 3:39:01 PM

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Friday saw oil futures tumble again to multi-month lows, with Brent settling at 48.61, and WTI at 43.87 for September. (ULSD closed out at 1.5436, and RBOB at 1.6230 ) on general concerns about the oil glut and dissapointing economic data from China. 

Today however, commodities jumped, presumably on high import data from China and further rumblings from the Fed about an interest hike in September. Brent was up 3% ish to slightly over the $50 benchmark (50.36 for September), and WTI closed up to $44.96. ULSD settled up .0485 to 1.5921 and gas was up .0710 to 1.6940.

However, the analysts and talking heads of the world are cautioning that a sustained rally is unlikely, given that the oil glut concern lingers. Also, part of why prices tumbled so sharply last week (down over 6%) is that more rigs have come back online in the US, which only indicates that high output and growing inventory conditions will continue for the foreseeable future. 

In a nutshell today is being essentially written off as an over optimistic jump off of Chinese import data, just another "dead cat bounce". We should see on Wednesday if they are correct when the inventory reports are released. 

Stay tuned!

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Topics: Brent Crude, oil glut, chinese import levels

Oil Slides on Economic Data, Dragging Stocks Along for the Ride

Posted by Kelly Burke on Aug 3, 2015 3:02:00 PM

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This morning Brent Crude dropped under $50 for the first time in 6 months, and WTI fell below $45/bbl to within $2 of a 6 year low. Shortly after noon, the NYMEX showed ULSD down .0452 cents, and gas down almost 9 (-.0882).

What's going on?

Lackluster economic data out of both China and the US seems to indicate that overall oil demand is unlikely to spike to levels able to compensate for the immense glut of oil we're seeing now. As we've discussed, OPEC and others have kept production at record levels to both retain market share, and attempt to slow production (and therefore competition for market share) by higher cost-of-production nations, most notably, the U.S.

Domestically, S&P Energy stocks dragged that index down in response to falling oil prices. US stock indexes trended downward today across the board on other non-thrilling economic data as well as some major single stock tumbles (Apple, Tyson, Lowe's, etc).Overall data showed consumer spending gains were anemic, labor costs increased, and now we all wait with baited breath for the jobs report due out on Friday. 

Across the pond, the Greek stock market re-opened today and promptly tumbled almost 30%, essentially reigniting concerns about the stability of the Eurozone and the odds that the Greek debt deals in their current iterations will solve the ongoing debt crisis. (They ended up rebounding to cap out about a 16% loss on the day)

The data from China this morning was arguably the main catalyst for the drop today, as all eyes were focused on their manufacturing reporting to show a gain, but it instead showed a major slow down. Chinese economic growth had been essentially the last hope for demand ramping up and stemming the price sliding. Traders and Investors have been looking for signs to confirm their hopes of a positive second half of the year in terms of growth, and today's data essentially put those hopes to rest.

At the close, September ULSD dropped -.0584 to 1.5305, RBOB dropped -.0975 to 1.6745. WTI closed out at $45.17. Last prints for Brent are 49.54-50.17 range. 

Stay Tuned!

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Topics: Greece, Brent Crude, OPEC, NYMEX, Chinese Industrial Output, wti

Greece Nears Default, Sends Global Stocks & Commodity Prices Reeling

Posted by Kelly Burke on Jun 29, 2015 2:52:50 PM

Sillouettes of people infront of charts showing Greek Debt

Stock Markets across the Globe dropped sharply on worries over Greece's potential (and frankly, very likely) default. Greece owes the IMF  a 1.8 billion dollar payment tommorow, but their Prime Minister has pushed voting on whether to accept referendums to July 5th, making it pretty clear Greece is unwilling and unable to make their required payments. 

European stocks dropped on fear that Greece will vote to leave the European Union rather than work with creditors and the European Central Bank to structure repayment obligations. If Greece leaves the union it could impact the Euro currency and that uncertainty will probably continue to impact the market on some level until we see how it all plays out. 

Greek banks and markets are closed this week, after a rush on banks and ATMs nationwide sparked fears of the system collapsing under the weight of citizens pulling all their money out simultaneously. This morning the Greek stock market was down over 15% despite not even being open. 

Closer to home, the Governor of Puerto Rico has announced it is "simply not possible" for the province to pay its required obligations. They owe 94 million by July 15, with another 140 million due by August 1 on bond principal. 

This weekend also saw three seperate terrorist attacks in 3 seperate countries, all of which ISIS claimed responsibility for. 

Needless to say, things are not looking good globally, both in terms of safety and economics. 

In terms of commodities, Greece seems to be the focus, while terrorism attacks are being ignored as evidenced by the across the board drops we are seeing. WTI and Brent Crude were both down over 2% in this mornings trading. ULSD and RBOB front month are both trending down today, with ULSD closing out at 1.8366 (-.0262) and RBOB settling at 2.0303 (-.0182) 

Stay Tuned!

 

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Topics: Greece, Euro Debt Zone, ISIS, IMF

NYMEX reacts to Projected Crude Draws

Posted by Kelly Burke on Jun 17, 2015 10:36:59 AM

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Oil was rising this morning ahead of the EIA inventory report's release. Analysts are expecting to see draws in both Crude and Gasoline. Crude is projected to drop between 1.7 and 1.8mmb. Supplies are still at historically high levels, but the drawbacks are a bearish signal for the market. Just prior to the reports release (10:30am) ULSD and RBOB have both jumped up over 5 cents (.0554 and .0526, respectively.)

Overnight trading was mixed on some fears about supply disruptions due to Tropical Storm Bill, as well as a stronger dollar. 

The Fed concludes its two day Open Market Meeting today as well, and Fed Chairman Janet Yellen is slated to have a press conference at 2:30 this afternoon to discuss the meeting and give an indication on where the Fed stands on raising interest rates. Its unlikely they will raise them now, given some weaker economic data out over the past few weeks, but expect to see the stock market jump around, regardless. 

Stay tuned for how the market reacts once the EIA eport is officially released.

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Topics: NYMEX, FED rates, EIA Inventories

EIA Projections for 2015 & 2016 Released Today

Posted by Kelly Burke on Jun 9, 2015 3:05:31 PM

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The EIA released its Short Term Energy Outlook today with its projections for both Crude prices and US Crude Oil production through 2016. It also projects where we will be on retail gasoline, natural gas storage, and electricity for 2015 & 2016.

In a nutshell, the outlook is as follows:

  • Brent is expected to average $61/bbl for 2015 and $67/bbl in 2016. The prior projected price for Brent in 2016 was $70/bbl
  • WTI is also forecast to drop about $3 dollars from the prior projection level for 2016. It forecasts WTI for 2015 to be up about a dollar higher than prior projections (up to $55.35/bbl)
  • Crude production is expected to dwindle slightly through early 2016, but the total projected volumes were revised up slightly - the new projected numbers are 9.4mmbpd in 2015 and 9.3mmbpd in 2016
  • Natural gas injections are expected to continue to climbing over their historic highs through 2016.
  • Retail gasoline is expected to decline slightly through the end of the year, backing off its current yearly high. 
  • Additionally, for consumers, the EIA is projecting an almost 5% increase in electricity bills for this summer season.

Other mentions of note, Brent saw its highest monthly average of 2015 in May, a $5 jump over its April average price. Retail gasoline also hit its high for the year in May. All of this despite inventory builds and OPEC production levels remaining at highs. 

The EIA Inventory Report publishes tommorow morning, we'll have to see how that impacts the NYMEX. Hopefully its an easier day than today, where we saw ULSD jump up .0631 to settle at 1.9179, and RBOB jumped .0696 to 2.0771 at the close. 

Stay tuned!

 

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Topics: natural gas, EIA, Brent Crude, WTI Crude, retail gasoline, US Crude Production

NYMEX See-Saws on Inventories and Profit Taking

Posted by Kelly Burke on May 22, 2015 12:43:10 PM

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We enjoyed a little easing on NYMEX pricing for the beginning of this week, with a Goldmann Sachs prediction that oil prices could drop to $45/bbl. Additionally, it was reported that Saudi production for March hit 10.3mmb/day, a new record for them, which kept the market bearish.

That is, until the domestic inventory speculation talk started.

The API report for last weeks inventories predicted a 5.2mmb drop on Crude, and a 1.2mmb drop in gasoline supplies, and that, combined with the actual EIA reported draws pushed up the market. 

Wednesdays EIA report showed actual drops of 2.67mmb on Crude, and a 2.8mmb drop on gasoline. Consequently, as we saw, the market jumped up.

Crude and ULSD backed off Wednesday's intraday highs with ULSD closing up .0168 to 1.946, but RBOB settled out up .0461 to 2.0411. Yesterday the trend continued, with ULSD jumping up .0399 and RBOB closing up .0413 to 2.0824. 

Today the NYMEX has backed off, by noon ULSD was trending down -.0354, with RBOB following suit at -.0396 on profit taking from the weeks earlier gains. 

A bright spot for Memorial Day Weekend - retail gas prices are at their lowest in 6 years. Have a great long weekend, everyone!

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Topics: Goldman Sachs, EIA Inventories, retail gasoline

NYMEX, WTI Jump on Shale Slow Down & Inventory Concerns

Posted by Kelly Burke on May 12, 2015 7:11:00 PM

Barrels of oil overlaid on a line graph

The NYMEX shot up again today, after trending slightly downward the past several sessions. Last week saw Brent over $65/bbl and today WTI settled out +1.50 to 60.75, over the $60/bbl benchmark we've all been watching for.

ULSD closed up +.0535 to 1.9989, while RBOB shot up over the $2 line again with a gain of +.0529 to settle at 2.0393. 

Our friends at OPEC came out earlier this week to announce they saw no increase in oil prices on the horizon, given they see no decrease in production, and denied reports that there was consideration of reinstituting production quotas to boost prices. This pumped the brakes on the rally temporarily, and resulted in a pummeling of energy stocks in the S&P in the process - most notably Exxon and Chevron shares (Both companies saw gains today, however, on the price reversal).

So what happened today?

Most analysts are crediting a weaker dollar in combination with the monthly drilling report that indicates some slow down in shale production domestically. The EIA projected that output from major shale plays will drop by some 86K bpd in June.

Analysts also expect to see draws in crude on tommorows EIA inventories report, which is almost always good for a few cents worth of upward pressure on the market - at least if they are correct, that is.

Outside of drilling and supply concerns, we once again saw resumed airstrikes in Yemen on the same day a cease-fire was to be discussed.

Deja vu, anyone?

Stay tuned!

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Topics: Bull Market, RBOB, WTI Crude, stock market, ulsd, yemen

NYMEX Spikes on Escalation in Yemen

Posted by Kelly Burke on Apr 23, 2015 3:04:00 PM

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(Photo Credit: Dmitry Chulov / Shutterstock.com)

Brent Crude jumped over a dollar at opening this morning, while on the NYMEX, gas and diesel were both up over 4 before 10am. By noon both products surged up well over 5 cents, and products across the board continued to surge upward throughout the day.

 At the close, ULSD settled out at 1.9239 (+.0531) and RBOB closed at 1.9956 (+.0711). WTI closed up 1.53 to 57.69.

So what's going on? 

The Saudi's resumed airstrikes on target cities in Yemen yesterday, one day after supposed peace talks. Saudi Arabia is again calling on the White House to propose a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Long story short, the deal in Yemen is that Shiite Houthi rebels have overtaken the Presidential palace, and if they can successfully pull off a coup, there is a very real danger of serious supply disruptions.

About 4% of global oil supply passes through the Bab el-Mandeb strait, which is controlled by the central government in Yemen, according to the EIA.

Traders are closely watching the situation for any indication of a resolution or escalation because of the potential supply implications involved. 

Yemen also relies on exporting it's own oil resources, which have declined in volume significantly since 2001 as a result of internal fighting. Their economy relies on oil exports to the tune of 60% of their revenue give or take.

Essentially, not only would a rebel coup in Yemen spike oil prices on transport concerns, but would collapse the Yemeni economy and likely lead to repurcussions and fighting throughout the region. 

Stay tuned, and don't forget to fill your car up before the increase hits the pumps!

 

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Topics: NYMEX, saudi arabia, yemen

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