Morning Losses Erased with Jobs News

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Apr 26, 2012 5:50:00 PM

For the second day in a row, early session losses were erased with strong closes. Todays bullish action came on the heals of a surprise increase in jobless claims and some cautiously upbeat comments the Federal Reserve. Commenting on the role of the Fed, Bernanke said ultra low rates would remain in effect through 2014 and did not rule out additional measures to pump up the economic situation. Commodities are the collateral damage of such news as the dollar again took a hit and caused the pits to show strong gains as the day wore on. Crude settled at $104.55 up .43, RBOB added .0276 to close at $3.1833 and HO took the lead gaining .0333 to $3.1944. Heat has come back with vengeance after touching 3.09 on the prompt month just over a week ago. There is fair amount of commentary out there that we should see substantially lower numbers in the coming sessions. Support for HO looks to be at the 3.15, then a 3.05 level.

Daily Heating Oil Chart

Heat map

RBOB CLOSE
CLOSE CHANGE
 
MAY 31833 +.0276
JUN 31328 +.0137
JUL 30852 +.0066
AUG 30435 +.0028
SEPT 30043 +.0004
OCT 28602 -.0006
HEAT CLOSE
CLOSE CHANGE
MAY 31944 +.0333
JUN 31984 +.0315
JUL 31982 +.0292
AUG 31985 +.0269
SEPT 32006 +.0259
OCT 32038 +.0245
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Topics: Commodities, Jobless claims rise, Jobless numbers, CRUDE

RBOB Continues Plunge as HEAT Stalls

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Apr 19, 2012 5:16:00 PM

Gasoline futures continued to sell off today after starting the early morning in the green. RBOB was up as much as 2 cents prior to the opening bell on news of Spain having a successful bond sell off to avoid yet another European debt scare. That bullishness turned however as Germany was said to be at odds with other Nations on how to proceed with the European Zone bailout plan. Simultaneously, Moodys was said to be ready to announce a downgrade of France's debt rating that caused the US dollar to push higher. A higher Dollar generally has a negative affect ( or positive affect from some viewpoints) on Commodities. Crude looks to be poised to fall below $100 for some time, getting as low as $101.67 before closing at $102.27, down .40. NatGas inventories were in line with estimates and on a whole remain roughly 700 bcf higher than the 5 year average. Even with the sessions slight bump in HO, finishing up .0069 to $3.1251, we are still roughly .15 less than two weeks ago. RBOB continues to be the dog falling another .0486(almost .25 in two weeks) to $3.1541. While it is nice to see the prices fall, realistically most think another .25 needs to be pulled off to get back to a "normal" state.

 

Daily Heat Chart

Heat map

RBOB CLOSE
CLOSE CHANGE
 
MAY 31541 -.0486
JUN 31158 -.0331
JUL 30758 -.0220
AUG 30367 -.0176
SEPT 29974 -.0152
OCT 28550 -.0110
HEAT CLOSE
CLOSE CHANGE
MAY 31251 +.0069
JUN 31284 +.0065
JUL 31320 +.0060
AUG 31353 +.0053
SEPT 31388 +.0048
OCT 31445 +.0039
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Topics: Commodities, Spanish Bonds, CRUDE, Dollar Strengthens

NYMEX Surges with Better Than Expected Growth

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Apr 2, 2012 4:35:00 PM

You hear us talk about it all the time. Expectations. What do a certain group of people expect to happen or be reported versus what is in fact reality. In a world economy that has taken one hit after another, when "reality" exceeds expectations, it is cause for celebration. In our case, speculation. Todays wild reversal was primarily due to the Purchasing Managers Index, PMI. This benchmark is used by many economist to gauge growth and or contraction. And just like any report, pundits put their spin on what is to be expected. Today showed that the US economy grew at a more robust rate in March than was to be expected, and at a higher rate than February. This caused many who got out of positions last week, to load the back up this today. Even more wild was that the markets were down over .02 early in the session. By the time the closing bell rang, a weeks worth of losses were wiped away with RBOB surging .0741 to $3.3822, HEAT adding .0795 to $3.296 and Crude tacking on $2.21 to $105.23. With a short week on tap due to Good Friday and another set of Job data due out Wednesday, investors were not willing to let the buying opportunity pass. Again, the overall theory being that a growing economy can continue to support higher fuel prices. I tend to believe history on this topic rather than investors.

heat map

RBOB CLOSE
CLOSE CHANGE
 
MAY 33822 +.0741
JUN 33137 +.0644
JUL 32554 +.0607
AUG 32010 +.0619
SEPT 31472 +.0648
OCT 29878 +.0668
HEAT CLOSE
CLOSE CHANGE
MAY 32496 +.0795
JUN 32562 +.0768
JUL 32634 +.0743
AUG 32712 +.0731
SEPT 32781 +.0728
OCT 32835 +.0728
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Topics: RBOB, PMI

Futures Continue to Rise as All Eyes on Iran

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Feb 22, 2012 3:59:00 PM

It seems like we have been repeating the same mantra for a month, " we appear to be at the high end of the range".... Unfortunately we haven't moved any lower. Since the begriming of the month we have seen roughly 20 cents gets tacked on to HO ( as shown below) . Presently we are at 18 month highs for the Heating Oil pit. Early in todays session it appeared we were going to have a healthy correction as both pits were off roughly 2 cents on news of lagging manufacturing rates. That sell off gave way to a buying spree as more and more people put Greece on the back stove and gave credence to Iranian threats. Iranian ministers again today announced it would not idly sit by if provoked by another country. This comes on the heels of yesterdays announcement that it would take "preemptive measures" if provoked by sanctions. The nation has already cut supplies to the European zone that continues to be mired in a deep freeze. There is no doubt that we have a problem in Iran, the key will be how the White House chooses to deal with it. Domestically, as gas prices continue to rise, the self fulfilling prophecy has taken hold over news outlets predicting $5 gas by Memorial Day. All in all, there is very little in the way of bearish data or news to push the trade down and as historically happens, demand destruction will be a deciding factor for lower prices. At the close, Crude rose 3 cents to $106.28, RBOB tacked on .0175 to $3.0877 and HEAT gained another .0331 to $3.2724.
 
heat map
RBOB CLOSE
CLOSE CHANGE
 
MAR 30877 +.0175
APR 32630 +.0145
MAY 32536 +.0151
JUN 32249 +.0160
JUL 31842 +.0158
AUG 31372 +.0150
HEAT CLOSE
CLOSE CHANGE
MAR 32724 +.0331
APR 32650 +.0302
MAY 32509 +.0271
JUN 32417 +.0250
JUL 32429 +.0232
AUG 32445 +.0211
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Topics: Iran, European Economy, $5 Gas

NYMEX continues higher ahead of DOE data

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Feb 7, 2012 5:40:00 PM

With the Heating oil pit tacking on over 15 cents in just under a week, many are scratching their heads as to why.  In a winter that has seen more 50 degree days than teens, most would assume the Heat pits to be tanking.  As with the case with these types of patterns, shifts in the jet stream have caused the Northeast to have a mild winter yet Europe is caught in a bitterly cold spell for some time.  Brent Crude has maintained its $20 premium to its cousin WTI, thus explaining the HO to WTI disconnect.  As shown below, that disconnect has been in place most of the year.   Longer term, you may start to see more US vessels head to European markets, signaling some shortfalls down the road.  Many are still on edge as Greece is continuing to try and find a way to pay off creditors and with Iran and Israel in a stare down, the tightening supplies across the pond are having nothing but bullish affects on the trade.  At the close, Crude added $1.50 to $98.41, RBOB slipped .0004 to $2.9275 and HO gained another .0343 to $3.1909.  Again we have touched the top of the 18 month range for HO, then next 30 days have typically seen a healthy pull back.  But again, what is typical anymore?

Continuation crude chart, continuation heating oil chart, RBOB continuation chart, continuation natural gas chart

RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
MAR    29275      -.0004
APR    30674      +.0000
MAY   30572     -.0002
JUN     30296       +.0002
JUL     29951       +.0009
AUG    29590       +.0014
HEAT CLOSE
          CLOSE    CHANGE
MAR    31909      +.0343
APR     31595      +.0342
MAY    31294      +.0318
JUN    31080      +.0288
JUL     31017     +.0268
AUG     31014      +.0246
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Topics: Iran, European Economy, CRUDE

FOMC Stance pushes Commodities Higher

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Jan 26, 2012 4:27:00 PM

Late yesterday we saw the overnight pits shoot higher once news surfaced that the FED was of the position to keep fund rate very low through the foreseeable future.  Citing continued slow economic growth, a European debt crisis, (that I recently read to be compare to "a pimple on a teenage boy") and a persistent unemployment rate that is still around 8.5%, the FED is still considering another round of quantitative easing later this winter.  Commodities have responded positively as the greenback fell to a six week low early this morning.  Still positive signs of an improving economy are are out there as durable good orders for December showed a 3% increase which unfortunately has a bullish effective on Futures.  The range for Heat has not broke and we continue to see sideways action as shown in the chart below.  At the end of the day, Crude added .30 to $99.70, RBOB gained .0128 to $2.8466 and HEAT jumped .0343 to $3.0535.

heat chart

RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
FEB    28466       +.0128
MAR   28508      +.0134
APR    29794      +.0165
MAY   29664       +.0173
JUN   29368       +.0167
JUL    29008       +.0167
HEAT CLOSE
          CLOSE    CHANGE
FEB     30535     +.0343
MAR    30446      +.0342
APR     30244      +.0318
MAY   30043      +.0288
JUN    29911     +.0268
JUL     29899      +.0246
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Topics: Commodities, European Economy, FED holds interest rates, FED rates

Late Rally pushed Futures higher ahead of the Close

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Jan 24, 2012 4:20:00 PM

Futures danced along the even mark most of the day with little news pushing the market for much of the session.  Greece is still trying to get a break on the 14.5 billion it owes creditors come mid March.  US Carriers have moved through the Straits of Hormuz with little in the way of disruptions.  A European refiner filed for bankruptcy, Petroplus, as margins disappeared.  Two of the most notable market moving stories were that the IMF revised down the world economic growth pointing to a slower than expected growth rate over the last five months.  Ahead of the close, the spendingpulse survey (a Mastercard service) pointed to higher gas demand last week.  How much credence is given to this survey has always been a debate, a weekend snow event in the northeast might have boosted sales on Friday.  Nonetheless, most will be looking at Wednesday's DOE report which is expected to show moderate builds across the board.  It looked like heat was on a pretty good downward slide until the last two sessions, which really doesn't make sense if you look at the 7 to 10 day outlook which has temperatures in the Northeast well above normal levels.  At the close Crude lost .63 to $98.95, RBOB rose .0271 to 2.8050 and HEAT added .0144 to $3.0242.heat map
RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
FEB    28050       +.0271
MAR   28105      +.0249
APR    29399      +.0161
MAY   29264      +.0118
JUN   28979      +.0091
JUL    28633      +.0081
HEAT CLOSE
          CLOSE    CHANGE
FEB     30242     +.0144
MAR    30151      +.0116
APR     29951      +.0073
MAY   29741      +.0051
JUN    29611     +.0022
JUL     29612      +.0000
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Topics: Iran, Straits of Hormuz, Futures

NYMEX Stumbles with Stonger Dollar

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Jan 20, 2012 4:33:00 PM

Fears of yet another Greece loan default were on the minds of many investors today as futures showed moderate losses as the dollar strengthened.  Greece is hoping that banks will forgive roughly $130 billion in debt due in the next few months.  If only my bank would forgive half of my mortgage, I would be a happy man!  Positive news from the housing industry was reported as existing home sales increased 5% in December.  The market couldn't rally enough today and with gasoline demand falling over 6% in a month on month comparison, the threat of demand destruction in a slightly improving economy is a real concern.  It is hard to believe that we have seen six down days in the last seven sessions in the Heat pit.  We have peeled off almost 10 cents during that time frame.  This following our prediction that once we touch 3.10ish we should pull back.  As this has been the pattern for the year.  Looming over the weekend is a European vote on accepting Iranian oil, as reports of US ships moving out of the region.  As a quick snow event moves through the region this weekend, lets all remember to keep those fills clear and accessible.  Crude fell $1.93 to $98.46, RBOB lost .0310 and HEAT lost .0476 to $2.9884.

heat chart

RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
FEB    27844       -.0314
MAR   27903      -.0325
APR    29242      -.0293
MAY   29128      -.0295
JUN   28843      -.0297
JUL    28490      -.0303
HEAT CLOSE
          CLOSE    CHANGE
FEB     29884     -.0476
MAR    29848      -.0487
APR     29720      -.0475
MAY   29550      -.0469
JUN    29460     -.0469
JUL     29485      -.0462
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Topics: European Economy, Iran Sanctions, Greece Bailout

RBOB surges, HEAT ends lower

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Jan 18, 2012 4:40:00 PM

Early morning news of Hess shutting down its St. Croix facility from producing gas to strictly an oil storage facility sent RBOB futures higher some seven cents before the opening bell even rang.  Fear of tightening eastcoast gasoline supplies could not have hit at a worst time as ongoing tensions with Iran have again made headlines.  Iran appears to have got the eye, or wallet, the Saudis as they have gestured they are unwilling to pick up additional pumping left by removing Iranian barrels from the market place.  Realistically, this means that the Kingdom is comfortable with Crude above $100.  The trade seemed to cool off as the day moved on with large builds expected across all products in the delayed DOE report.  Additionally, looming concerns over the long term demand continue to be a bearish influence on any price breakouts beyond our current range.  At the Close, Crude fell 12 cents to finish at $100.59, RBOB surged .0541 to $2.8254 and Heat fell .0238 to $3.0134.

heat map

RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
FEB    28254       +.0541
MAR   28292      +.0496
APR    29480      +.0391
MAY   29340      +.0319
JUN   29053      +.0245
JUL    28713      +.0195

HEAT CLOSE
          CLOSE    CHANGE
FEB     30134     -.0238
MAR    30112      -.0223
APR     29995      -.0233
MAY   29859      -.0235
JUN    29808     -.0231
JUL     29850      -.0244
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Topics: St Croix, Hess, HEAT, RBOB

Late session sell off pushes Futues into the Red

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Jan 11, 2012 4:44:00 PM

Overnight action saw pits slightly higher as the market weighed the continued threat of Nigerian oil workers to join the General Strike that has paralyzed the Nation for the last several days.  Prior to the release of inventories, which many were still digesting the much less bearish EIA numbers from Tuesday night, the housing market got a boost with a report showing applications for homes were up 4.5% this period.  A bullish indicator for the economy in general. This kept the market trading on both sides of 0.00 much of the morning.  With the large builds across the board on the DOE report, the initial sell off fizzled away as the day wore on.  Again, only to late session heroics, as in the last 15 minutes pushed HO down .0368 to 3.0646, RBOB slipped .0095 to 2.7633 and Crude fell 1.37 to $100.87.  Adding to my notes yesterday, many commented on the disbelief of how range bound the Heat pit has been this year.  Below is an eight month snap shot and shows the caterpillar like chart.  A solidly defined range of 2.70 to 3.15.  Currently sitting at 3.06, lets hope that this pattern continues.

DAILY HEATING OIL CHART

daily heating chart

RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
FEB    27633       -.0095
MAR   27703      -.0089
APR    28954      -.0088
MAY   28905      -.0088
JUN   28706       -.0086
JUL    28442      -.0083

HEAT CLOSE
          CLOSE    CHANGE
FEB     30646     -.0368
MAR    30593      -.0346
APR     30409      -.0337
MAY   30195      -.0329
JUN    30090     -.0301
JUL     30090      -.0285
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Topics: EIA, Nigerian Oil Strike, DOE

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