RBOB spent much of the day bouncing back and forth from positive to negative before finally ending stronger. Heating Oil never broke negative but did tease with it about mid day. Depending upon which news wire you read, Libyan rebelshave either lost control of a major oil port city or regained full control. The lack of credible reports coming from the crisis is playing into the risk premium. New data was released this morning that shouwed the economy grew by 3.1% in Q4, slightly above the expected 3.0%. Also psuhing values higer was data showing the economy created an addtional 31k jobs in the last month. How much of that is seasonal workers is yet to be determined. The rosey view and geopolitical risk that continues to spread over northern Africa and the Mid East has pushed HO above the $3.14 level, closing up .0369 to $3.1714. RBOB moved higher by .0175 to close at $3.1688. Crude reached an 18 month high before closing up .53 to $108.47. We had said that the market appears to fade after HEAT touched $3.14, the breakthrough of that resistance level today lends to higher prices in the future.
Daily HEAT Chart: