Futures Slip with Mixed Inventory Report

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Oct 26, 2011 8:26:00 PM

Much of the morning session saw values bounce around from positive to negative as pre DOE posturing held court.  Also holding weight was the curiosity factor of what was going to happen at the European Summit to discuss the ongoing debt issue.  As the news of a Crude build of 4.7mbl, a Distillate draw of 4.3mbl and a Gasoline draw of 1.4mbl hit the wires the initial reaction was bearish as the huge glut of Crude took center stage.  That was short lived as many looked to distillates as the leading pit and another large draw has now put distillates stocks smack dab in the middle of the 10 year range.  Over the past several weeks we have operated on the higher end of that range.  The selling only hit the floor with about 30 minutes left in the session as continued optimism remained that a long term solution to Europe's debt crisis will be agreed upon.  Signs pointed that way as earlier in the day, Germany, a key figure in the deal, voted to add more to its growing rescue fund.  An effort in that other nations will follow.  While we still are on the high end of the range, and a solid down day is refreshing, nothing out there is a clear signal that we are ripe for another pull back.  Again, the HEAT pit appears to be comfortable trading in the wide range from 2.70 to 3.10.  At the close, Crude lost $2.97 to $90.20, RBOB fell .0482 to $2.6516 and HEAT lost .0344 to $3.0158. 
heat map
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
NOV    26516       -.0482
DEC    26253      -.0494
JAN    26111      -.0474
FEB   26049      -.0445
MAR   26075      -.0416
APR    27387      -.0374
          CLOSE    CHANGE
NOV    30158     -.0344
DEC   30210      -.0302
JAN   30101       -.0304
FEB   29929      -.0316
MAR   29663     -.0323
APR   29260      -.0312
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Topics: Commodities, European Economy, Greece Bailout, Bull Market, CRUDE

NYMEX Remains Volatile with Ghadaffi Death

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Oct 20, 2011 8:34:00 PM

With an early morning report of the death of the former Libyan dictator, I would have bet the house that it would be received as bearish news. As the morning started off up strong in both pits, the slow chipping away at values as many digested what this really meant to oil markets. Two distinct camps once again. One side believes Libyan oil, about 1mb per day capacity, will now find its way into friendlier markets, pushing values down. The other warns against an ongoing struggle within the Country as a vacuum occurs and a new regime comes into power. Sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don't. With Barclays reporting today that the death, while important, will do little to the "underlying dynamics" of the situation. That is, roughly 50% of the countries production is for domestic use. The Bulls won on the day in similar fashion as the Bears won yesterday, a late rally with less than an hour left tin the session. RBOB was down over .07 at one point to finish up .0040 to close at $2.6755, HEAT added .0489 to $3.0301 (some .06 off the days low). Yet again, WTI shed gains while its stepchildren added, finishing down .81 to $85.30. HEAT still is at the top end of the range as the chart below shows, many are convinced we will continue the cycle and see a sixth attempt at the 2.70 level.
heat chart
NOV 26755 +.0040
DEC 26570 +.0121
JAN 26466 +.0168
FEB 26415 +.0175
MAR 26424 +.0169
APR 27606 +.0180
NOV 30301 +.0489
DEC 30266 +.0466
JAN 30130 +.0418
FEB 29925 +.0382
MAR 29641 +.0354
APR 29203 +.0335
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Topics: Ghaddafi Dies, Ghaddafi

Values rise on sixth day on European debt news

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Oct 12, 2011 8:41:00 PM

The fuel pits definitely have their rally hats on as for the sixth consecutive day we have seen an increase in pricing. Today had very little bearish news in market which to some indicates the rally may be running out of steam. Heat closed up .0306 to $2.9347, (up over .20 in this rally all together. see chart below) while RBOB added only 11pts to $2.7487 and Crude actually slipped .24 to $85.57. As we come out of the fall turnaround season for refineries, most are expecting a final round of draws across the board in tomorrows delayed DOE report. The main driver of todays movements were centered around an apparent resolution and pending ratification of a European debt plan, one that Germany and France can agree upon. The dollar slipped and the DOW soared, currently up 200pts and pushing into positive territory for the year. The release of the FED minutes on last months meeting did little to shake investors as it is said they are anything but marginally optimistic on a slow growth period until years end, which was somewhat of no brainer. So with all the bullish news out today, and for only HEAT to be up strong, it can be viewed as sort of a winning day for bears. We will wait until Thursday's Inventory report to plant our flag on either side of the fence, but as mentioned, HEAT looks to be content between 2.70 and 2.90, wide range but nonetheless defined.
heat map
NOV 27487 +.0011
DEC 26846 +.0082
JAN 26522 +.0136
FEB 26355 +.0145
MAR 26324 +.0139
APR 27382 +.0163
NOV 29347 +.0306
DEC 29300 +.0263
JAN 29226 +.0222
FEB 29074 +.09074
MAR 28862 +.0147
APR 28487 +.0125
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Futures surge on proposed European debt plan

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Sep 27, 2011 3:26:00 PM

You know the Market is searching for direction when values and sentiment shift on an unofficial report of the European debt plan.  The plan is focused on three keys tenets.  First, Greece is going to be allowed to default on 50% of their debts (must be nice, I wish i could default on 50% of my mortgage.)  Second, the size of the European debt relief fund will expand dramatically and Third, the plan will re-capitalize the European Central bank.  Based on the jump in the Dow and in Commodities, the plan is being greeted with open arms.  Coupled with the forecast of draws in inventories again this week, values started up strong and did not look back all day. Technically speaking, we have commented frequently of the 2.80 support level of HEAT. For the fourth time in a year, we have hit the 2.80 level and yet again appear to be poised to bounce off it.  At the close, Crude added $4.21 to $84.45, RBOB screamed higher by .1261 to $2.6955 and HEAT jumped .0851 to $2.8766.  Assuming we ave confirmed another short term bottom, may not be a bad time to look at layering in some sort term fixed pricing.
heat map
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
OCT    26955       +.1261
NOV    26360      +.1076
DEC    26011      +.1003
JAN   25849        +.0936
FEB    25841        +.0888
MAR    25898      +.0860
          CLOSE    CHANGE
OCT    28766    +.0851
NOV   28857    +.0827
DEC   28898      +.0796
JAN   28936     +.0767
FEB   28838      +.0733
MAR   28662      +.0705
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Topics: European Economy, Greece Bailout

Massive Crude Draw Overshadowed by MOC news

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Sep 21, 2011 8:15:00 PM

Another fantastic sell off ahead of the close as much of the day saw values higher on the heels of a massive 7.3 mbl draw in crude stocks.  Distillates added 800k bls while gasolines built by 3.3 mbl.  The Crude numbers were in stark contrast of last nights API report of a roughly 2 mbl build.   The news at 10:30 sent the pits higher as HEAT at one point trader over four cents higher.  As the day wore on and more and more angst on the upcoming FED announcement, values danced around the even mark until right before the close.  The FED announced that they would sell $400 billion in short term assets, buying back longer term securities.  The move is an effort to keep mortgage and interest rates at "uber-low" levels for the extended future.  Apparently this time around the mood is for Commodities to sell off on such news.  Additional bearish tones overpowered the reports of the European Union joining the US in a long standing  Oil import sanction against Syria.  The key is that the sour product rarely sees its way to the US, and should have zero impact on imports. The gesture is yet another measure designed to reshape the Mid East as unrest continues topple regimes.  At the close, Crude fell $1.00 to $85.92, RBOB slipped .0349 to $2.6665 and HEAT fell .0274 to $2.9342.
heat map
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
OCT    26665       -.0349
NOV    26564      -.0279
DEC    26432      -.0264
JAN   26412        -.0267
FEB    26474        -.0274
MAR    26574      -.0281
          CLOSE    CHANGE
OCT    29342    -.0274
NOV   29452    -.0261
DEC   29533      -.0253
JAN   29608     -.0246
FEB   29573      -.0236
MAR   29448      -.0225
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Topics: FED holds interest rates, Crude draws

NYMEX dips ahead of Presidential Speech, DOE's Mixed

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Sep 8, 2011 9:24:00 PM

Although the market finished down, it was not until very late in the session that we felt somewhat comfortable that it was a certainty.  Early morning jobs data reported yet another increase in unemployment claims, up 2k to 414k, Commodities fought their way back into positive ground as investors rushed for a safe haven.  The new information will be a key tenet for tonights Presidential address on the state of the economy, which could shift the markets in either direction.  The White House is expected to announce yet another round of stimulus spending, roughly $300 billion, on infrastructure and tax cuts.  Additionally, reports of the European Central Bank reporting what they perceive as "significant downside risk" to the European Economy.  With the mixed DOE report of Crude losing 4mbl and Gas and Distillates adding 198k and 708k respectively, while surprising , kept any major losses in check.  I would expect next weeks numbers to have the full impact of the past weeks weather, specifically in the Northeast.  It has become increasingly more difficult to determine how news will be perceived in the eyes of  market participants, what was once a bullish news day has now turned to a cautiously bearish one.  At the close, Crude slipped .29 to $89.05, RBOB lost .0228 to $2.8852 and HEAT lost .0313 to $3.0443.

heat map

                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
OCT    28852       -.0228
NOV    28351      -.0255
DEC    28044      -.0273
JAN   27976        -.0290
FEB    28020        -.0296
MAR    28099      -.0297
          CLOSE    CHANGE
OCT    30443    -.0313
NOV   30526     -.0330
DEC   30603      -.0344
JAN   30689     -.0358
FEB   30646      -.0363
MAR   30515      -.0363
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Topics: European Economy, President Obama Address, Jobless claims rise

Futures relatively stable as storms pop up

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Sep 1, 2011 9:17:00 PM

It is scary to think that a four cent swing in gas futures can be termed as "relatively stable".  A somewhat surprising storm popped up in the Gulf of Mexico region this morning that caused the evacuations of most platforms in the area and had many investors buying up the storm premium ahead of the long weekend.  Both products early in the morning were trading down almost 3 cents and only HO was able to remain in the red.  Also churning out in the Atlantic is presently a CAT 3 hurricane Katia, expected to hit the east coast again sometime late next week.  This, on the heels of many East Coast terminals just now coming back on line after Irene.  Expect to see some wild cash moves in the harbor.  As mentioned, RBOB was able to gain .0164 to settle at $2.8927, surprising given the current product situation in the northeast and expected storms.  HEAT fell .0322 to $3.0518, most of which came in the last 20 minutes of the session while WTI added a mere 12 cents to $88.93.  How much of the day is due to the seasonal product switch and cleansing of books will play out on Friday. Other news has unemployment figures to be flat for August, and have European manufacturing rates sliding, both kept the pits in check most of the day.  Looking back on August,  HO started the month off at 3.1360 and closed at 3.084, but after hitting a low 2.70, once again proving that historically it is the most volatile trading months, relatively speaking of course

Heat map

                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
OCT    28927       +.0164
NOV    28372      +.0083
DEC    28060      +.0011
JAN   27986        -.0017
FEB    28019        -.0033
MAR    28081      -.0040
          CLOSE    CHANGE
OCT    30518    -.0322
NOV   30608     -.0296
DEC   30693      -.0270
JAN   30784     -.0246
FEB   30743      -.0228
MAR   30611      -.0218
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Topics: European Mfg Down, Unemployment Flat

Futures end mix as FED disappoints, Irene lurks

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Aug 26, 2011 3:53:00 PM

On Wednesday we suggested that todays market could be volatile as many investors were eagerly anticipating the FED chairman speech.  The consensus was that new measures would be put in place to spur growth.  It became clear early in the session that this was not going to happen and all pits sold off quickly and RBOB dropped as much as five cents.  Not to be outdone Crude was down over $2 as well.   However, as GDP numbers were released, the pits clawed their way back into positive ground.  GDP grew by only 1% for the second quarter, less than the expected 1.3%,  As the day wore on, pricing did not move all that much as it appeared many may have gotten out of Dodge ahead of Irene.  Currently it appears that the storm will hit the Northeast sometime Sunday as a hurricane and move rapidly through the Northeast over the course of the day, of course making a stop in Wilbraham, Ma.  With high winds and heavy flooding, power outages are expected.  Fear not folks, DKB world headquarters will be staffed and ready to assist.  At the close, Crude added.07 to $85.37, HEAT gained .0246 to $3.0101 and RBOB fell .0333 to $2.9346, while OCT RBOB only lost .0157.  Stay safe.

Heat map

                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
SEP    29346       -.0333
OCT    27860     -.0157
NOV    27358     -.0071
DEC   27141       -.0019
JAN    27120       -.0012
FEB    27191      -.0004
          CLOSE    CHANGE
SEP    30101    +.0246
OCT   30158     +.0226
NOV    30211      +.0220
DEC   30264     +.0216
JAN   30319      +.0205
FEB   30262      +.0189
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Topics: Hurricane Irene, Bernanke

NYMEX sways with data and storm

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Aug 24, 2011 5:24:00 PM

A slew of data today had Futures up strong for much of the day while gasoline danced around the flat area as it decided how to digest all the news.  First and foremost, any hurricane premium added to the market kept prices lower as Irene appears to be slicing it's way towards New England.  Good for the Oil industry, not so good for our neck of the woods.  Landfall is now expected to be Sunday night or Monday morning with potential of a CAT 3 hurricane.  Inventories released today where also actually slightly bearish as compared to API's last night.  The Crude draw of 2.2 mbls was substantially less than the 5 mbl draw reported last night.  Gasoline and distillates also added 1.7mbl and 1.4mbl respectively.  As reports of Junes durable goods orders being a modest 4% increase hit the wires, a fresh round of buying hit the pits as this is a good sign of an improving economy, but muting that news was a weakening housing report that showed values dropping yet again.  All eyes will now be on Friday as the FED is expected to speak again.  At the close, Crude actually lost .28 to $85.16 while RBOB added a mere .0018 to $2.8784 and HEAT gained .0182 to $2.9607.
heat map
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
SEP    27884       +.0018
OCT    27558     +.0086
NOV    27118     +.0113
DEC   26902       +.0121
JAN    26907       +.0129
FEB    27008      +.0133
          CLOSE    CHANGE
SEP    29607    +.0182
OCT   29690     +.0198
NOV    29761      +.0202
DEC   29825     +.0207
JAN   29901       +.0216
FEB   29876       +.0218
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Topics: Hurricane Irene, API report, Futures Soar

Futures Plunge as Data shows Economy Soft

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Aug 18, 2011 9:37:00 PM

I feel like I have said this before, but what a difference a day makes!  With yesterday market making its own reality, today i would say it got kicked in the pants BY reality.   Futures started the session down hard and sold off heavily as a string of bearish data got reported.  First was the July Home sales report that showed sales fell by roughly 3.5%, second was the jobless report for last week which increased by 9000 new claims.  Generally not a good sign with an already weak economy.  Lastly, Morgan Stanley downgraded their outlook for the remainder of the year, and within the report noted that it was cutting GDP estimates by roughly .3%.  So what does all this mean?  "There is Gold in them there hills"...  Generally, news like this would push Commodities higher as equities would absorb the brunt of the sell off, but with values of Crude and products perceived to be overpriced, the selling carried over to the NYMEX.  Keep in mind what we mentioned a few weeks ago,  in order for things to start to improve, it has to start with cheaper fuel prices.  Where that level is, only time will tell.  At the close, Crude fell$5.20 to $82.38, RBOB lost .0871 to $2.7832 and HEAT shed .0868 to $2.8748

heat map

                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
SEP    27832       -.0871
OCT    26652      -.0750
NOV    26299      -.0770
DEC   26131       -.0784
JAN    26146       -.0791
FEB    26256      -.0795
          CLOSE    CHANGE
SEP    28748    -.0868
OCT   28836     -.0870
NOV    28948      -.0864
DEC   29049     -.0859
JAN   29153       -.0857
FEB   29149       -.0854
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Topics: Commodities, GDP, New Normal, Jobless numbers

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