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

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

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
RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
NOV    26516       -.0482
DEC    26253      -.0494
JAN    26111      -.0474
FEB   26049      -.0445
MAR   26075      -.0416
APR    27387      -.0374
HEAT CLOSE
          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

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

RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
SEP    27832       -.0871
OCT    26652      -.0750
NOV    26299      -.0770
DEC   26131       -.0784
JAN    26146       -.0791
FEB    26256      -.0795
HEAT CLOSE
          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

NYMEX rebounds with Bullish Inventories

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Aug 10, 2011 5:39:00 PM

We continue the "new normal" roller coaster ride as NYMEX values once again turn sharply positive on the the heels of a very bullish Inventory report.  Not helping the cause was the FED announcing yesterday that they will hold rates very low for the next two years.  It was the first such comment that actually put a timeline on Interest rates.  Furthermore, the comments are a complete 180 degree turn in approach from the usually vague board.  With the greenback being pushed lower, Commodities surged higher beginning just after yesterdays close.  DOE numbers showed a staggering 5.2mbl draw in Crude, while most expected a 1.7mbl build.  Gas fell 1.6mbl vs a 700k expected build and distillates drew 737k while analysts expected a build of 1.25mbls.  All this while the DOW continues its own seesaw as our 401k's become 201e's!  Currently down over 300 points, the EIA just recently reported that it sees "significant downside risk" should current financial market concerns become more widespread.  Either way, we are above that magical $2.80 number again on HEAT as it closed up .1005 to $2.8653, RBOB gained .1149 to $2.7825 and CRUDE added $3.59 to $82.89. 
 
heat chart
RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
SEP    27825       +.1149
OCT    26312      +.1104
NOV    26022      +.1074
DEC   25902       +.1046
JAN    25946       +.1043
FEB    26076      +.1038
 
HEAT CLOSE
          CLOSE    CHANGE
SEP    28653     +.1005
OCT   28751      +.0988
NOV    28863      +.0960
DEC   28970     +.0933
JAN   29083       +.0909
FEB   29079       +.0886
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Topics: Commodities, EIA, Bernanke, Dollar falls, S&P Downgrade, Inventory Draws, Crude draws

It's Deja Vu All Over Again - Commodities React to Downgrade

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Aug 8, 2011 5:23:00 PM

The levee broke once again as world markets reacted to S&P's decision to downgrade the US credit rating.  Commodities opened down over 7 cents on Sunday night and didn't look back.  Trading in negative territory all day and then banging the close with about 20 minutes left in the session.  HEAT fell as much as .1530 before clawing its way back to finish down .14 to 2.8017.  RBOB  coincidentally, was holding up for much of the day as it languished down around 4 cents before falling .1136 to $2.6916.   WTI  fell  a staggering $5.57 to $81.31.  The devil is in the details though, the 2.80 level on HEAT, while breached, held for the close, same can be said for the $80 mark on WTI.  Look for a buy back on Tuesday with further downside to come the remainder of the week as money continues to get pulled out of commodities.

heat chart

RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
SEP    26916       -.1136
OCT    25515      -.1353
NOV    25265      -.1399
DEC   25154       -.1413
JAN    25195       -.1422
FEB    25330      -.1425
HEAT CLOSE
          CLOSE    CHANGE
SEP    28017     -.1400
OCT   28114      -.1399
NOV    28241      -.1390
DEC   28365     -.1384
JAN   28498       -.1374
FEB   28509       -.1366
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Topics: Commodities, US Credit Rating, S&P Downgrade

Futures show solid gains on home sales

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Jun 2, 2010 9:12:00 PM

It was one of those days in the pits as the market opened positive and stayed there all day. After yesterday’s impressive construction spending report and today’s strong Home sales news, buyers appeared willing to jump back into Commodities. Many point out that we still look to be oversupplied, but by how much, should be defined as the inventory report gets released on Thursday. As we see so often, and shown by the chart below, a good deal of buying occurs after a floor appears to be defined. Hindsight being perfect of course. One should note how little we have heard from OPEC over the last few weeks during the correction. This is also typically about the time when news outlets will pick up stories on gas prices. Remember the street pricing being several days behind what the NYMEX does. All in all, the taking back of yesterdays losses today was somewhat expected as the sideways action should continue prior to the first named storm of the season. At the close, Crude gained a mere .28 to $72.86 yet RBOB jumped .0436 to $2.0261 and HEAT added .0355 to $2.0059.

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Topics: Commodities, The Market, OPEC, NYMEX

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