NYMEX Tanking Despite Inventory Draws

Posted by Kelly Burke on Nov 13, 2014 2:20:00 PM

Line charts depicting the stock market scattered on a table

 

The EIA inventory report for the week ending November 7 showed draws in Crude & Distillates, with a build in gasoline. Crude drew down 1.7MMb and distillates drew down 2.8MMb, while gas built 1.8MMb.

Watching the screen though, you wouldnt think we showed draws - ULSD and RBOB are both dropping like the proverbial stone - both products had intraday lows well over 6 cents, with gas dropping down 8 for a few. 

UPDATE - ULSD close 2.3621 (-.0848) and Gas -.1054) - Yikes!! January& February gasoline closed under $2 at 1.9827, and 1.9899, respectively

So whats going on? Why even with a draw down on products, and once again heightening tensions in Russia/Ukraine are commodities dropping?

The jobless number report was higher than anticipated by about 10,000, but the numbers are still are hanging near a 14 year low so that ought not be a huge factor in either commodity numbers, or the stock market. The stock market, by the way, is retreating a little from it's record highs and hanging flat on the back of falling energy shares once again, due to falling prices. 

We still are in the same situation with OPEC and American production being sky high, and global demand due to economic growth being anemic at best, so the dismal supply demand situation is still at play.

Going out on a limb I would credit the extra oomph of todays drop off to lots of news regarding Keystone - with a bill being pushed through to the Senate that will actually make it to the floor, things are being shaken up on the energy front. Word is, in an attempt to save the seat of Landreiu, from Louisianna, who faces a runoff election challenge next month, Senate leader Reid has agreed to allow the legislation to the floor. 

Although most talking heads seem to think Obama will veto - still, the implication is that the midterms probably will be forcing some of the top energy agenda items through, and thats good news  - unless of course you fixed high, in which case dropping energy prices might start hitting you in the wallet very soon. 

How low can we go?

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Topics: Keystone XL, RBOB tumbles, NYMEX, Crude draws, EIA Inventories

Commodities and Stocks See-Saw on Sanctions, EIA Numbers, Unemployment, and Tech Dissapointments

Posted by Kelly Burke on May 9, 2014 1:18:03 PM


Line charts depicting the stock market scattered on a table

Wednesday's EIA report showed that the API projected Crude drops come to fruition, falling 1.78 million barrels. As we all saw this pushed up Crude & ULSD prices on the day, with ULSD closing up .0398 to 2.9275, and Crude up to 100.81, once again hanging by the new (unfortunately) benchmark of $100 we've all been hoping to drop from for quite some time now. 

Brent ticked upwards this week as well on EU discussion of stricter sanctions on Russia. Putin had announced earlier this week that Russian troops had withdrawn from the border, but no such withdrawal happened according to everyone else in the area, so more sanctions are back on the table it appears. Economic sanctions on the world's second largest energy exporter are, unsurprisingly, not great for downward price pressure. 

In contrast to Crude - US Natural Gas inventory was up 94 bcf and prices dipped slightly. That sounds like good news after the supply crunch (not to mention spiking prices) of this past winter, and it is, but bear in mind prices are likely to remain relatively high for nat gas in the foreseeable future. Why? Because even with a build of 94 bcf, supplies are close to 45% lower than they were just a year ago today and the only demand control as supply limps back up is the price level, unfortunately. 

In the broader stock market, the S&P is poised for a weekly loss, largely due to drops in energy & utility shares. The DIJA dropped 4.1 percent in 5 days over tech stock dissapointments (ahem, Twitter & Groupon), and the Nasdaq dropped almost 2% as well. Last week stocks were up for the week minus a Friday drop off, which was a little unforseen because the weekly jobs report was strong (at least on the headline level).

April's Job numbers showed unemployment dropped to 6.3%, the lowest in 5 years. However, the margin of error for revision is pretty large on these reports of late, so there may be some hesitancy in the market until the "real" numbers materialize. Additionally, the work force participation rate dropped to 62.8%, tying the all time worst record from 1978 (also October and December of 2013).

There's been a lot of contradictory indicators as of late from different segments -  real estate, manufacturing, labor participation, and Jobless claim numbers, for example, that make it difficult to get a good overall picture of the economy. As they say, the truth likely lies somewhere in the middle, but who knows where that is.   

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Brent Crude, Inventory report, Jobless numbers, Crude draws, russia, ukraine,

Surprise CRUDE Inventory Drops Catch Analysts Off Guard - but NYMEX Holds on to Week's Losses

Posted by Kelly Burke on Apr 2, 2014 3:01:39 PM

Line charts depicting the stock market scattered on a table

The EIA Inventory data out today showed that US Crude stocks unexpectedly fell 2.38 million barrels last week - if you remember, earlier this week, analysts were expecting roughly that amount of BUILD to be reported. Gulf Coast inventories had been expected to show a huge build but instead dropped by over a million barrels. On the other side, gasoline inventories dropped essentially in line with expectations, falling by a little over 1.5 million barrels. 

So what happened on Crude?

Consensus seems to be the main factor was the Houston shipping lane closure we discussed last week - the interruption likely caused higher draws than anticipated, primarily because it impacted imports to the Gulf during the shutdown, forcing refineries to pull off existing stock. This makes sense, as we saw a much larger reversal in inventory actuals versus expectations in the Gulf Coast region than generally.   

Despite the surprise inventory numbers, NYMEX futures are still trending down today. 

Interestingly, RBOB prices continue to trend downwards (although it pulled in mostly by the close) despite sustained and growing issues with ethanol supply, and a dramatic increase in its cost. Bloomberg reports that ethanol climbed 81% over the quarter, so even though RBOB is dropping on the screen, it's very unlikely consumers will see any real relief at the pump any time soon - at least until the supply and logistics issues spiking the price of ethanol subside.  

At the Close - ULSD settled -0.0212 to 2.8666, RBOB settled -0.0029 to 2.8668, and CRUDE settled out -0.12 to 99.62 

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Topics: EIA, Ethanol, CRUDE, NYMEX, Inventory Draws, Crude draws

Bullish DOE Report Causes Futures Slide

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on May 22, 2013 6:35:00 PM

A few days away from the "official" start of the driving season saw gas prices tumble.... Or at least that what the news outlets will be saying.  Futures corrected today as the DOE report showed a strong 3mbl build while the Trade expected 1m gallon draw.  Distillates and Crude were somewhat bearish showing draws of 1.1mbl and 338k respectively.    Losses could have been much steeper, but selling appeared to be tempered by the fact that most believe the FED will continue stimulus measures until a clear sign of economic improvements.  The assumption is that should the FED start to pull back their measures, it could cause a significant sell off as people get rid of long positions.  HEAT still seems content be range bound between 3.10 and 2.75, with a tighter range of 2.85 to 2.95.  At the close, Crude fell $1.90 to $94.28, RBOB lost .0264 to $2.8194 and HEAT took the brunt of the hit dropping .0554 to $2.8736, which is surprising since the builds were seen in Gas.

 

 

RBOB Close
      CLOSE            CHANGE
JUN    2.8194       -.0264
JUL    2.8122       -.0257
AUG    2.7950       -.0252
SEP    2.7705       -.0260
OCT    2.6332       -.0273
NOV    2.6060       -.0283
HEAT Close
      CLOSE            CHANGE
JUN    2.8736       -.0554
JUL    2.8687       -.0506
AUG    2.8753       -.0472
SEP    2.8844       -.0447
OCT    2.8925       -.0426
NOV    2.8976       -.0408
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Topics: DOE, Crude draws, Stimulus

Futures Rise as Cliff gets Less Steep and DOE's Draw

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Dec 19, 2012 5:40:00 PM

Overnight trading set the tone for much of todays session as early markets were up well over two cents on both products. News out of European Markets showed that Greece's credit rating had been upgraded along with an unexpected increase in the consumer confidence among Germans had pushed the US dollar lower. Commodities were the unfortunate collateral damage in this scenario. More importantly, it appears that some movement by GOP leaders to increase taxes on those Americans making over $1 million a year (Phew, I'm safe!) has been seen as a major concession in the stalled talks. Again, Bullish on Commodities. Lastly, the DOE's released the weekly numbers that showed draws in distillates and Crude, -1.1mbl and 949k respectively, with a modest build in gasolines, +2.2mbl. The report was viewed as Bullish by most even with Crude missing the expectations of a 1.3mbl draw, evidence of the mentality of the day already given up to higher prices. Look for action to continue higher as a historical light trading week winds down and HO stays well within the 2.90 to 3.10 range we have been in for the last 90 days. At the close, Crude gained $1.58 to $89.51, Heat added .0391 to $3.0356 and RBOB led gaining .0522 to $3.7431.

 

DAILY HEATING OIL CHART

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RBOB CLOSE
CLOSE CHANGE
 
JAN 27431 +.0522
FEB 27338 +.0496
MAR 27412 +.0495
APR 28792 +.0582
MAY 28719 +.0499
JUN 28406 +.0486
HEAT CLOSE
CLOSE CHANGE
JAN 30356 +.0391
FEB 30313 +.0374
MAR 30176 +.0353
APR 29965 +.0355
MAY 30258 +.0352
JUN 30077 +.0345
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Topics: Fiscal Cliff, Dollar falls, DOE, Crude draws, Tax Increases

Futures Spike on Bullish DOE Numbers

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Aug 1, 2012 4:01:00 PM

After last nights API data release that showed Crude suffering a massive 11.2 mbl draw, most were awaiting todays DOE numbers with one eye closed, hoping it was an aberration. For those watching the screens at precisely 10:30 this morning you saw Rbob spike 4 cents and HO jump 3. While not as horrific as an 11 million barrel draw, Crude still lost 6.5mbl according to the DOE. Gasolines fell 2.2mbl and distillates fell 974k. Still, far more than expectations. Other Bullish influences to the Market early were the Federal Reserve meetings that many had been betting on another round of stimulus. That gamble didn't pay off as a short time ago they announced that while the economic turn around has slowed, it doesn't warrant another round of stimulus... yet. The interesting note to the entire session is that Crude, at its peak today, was only up $1.50. In the last half hour of the trade, HO looked to be going negative as the air was let out of the balloon. RBOB inflated to much to peel off any of the gains and finished up .0599 to $2.8342, HO gained .0108 to 2.8588 and Crude added .85 to $88.91. Thursday sets up to be another exciting day with Jobless figures due out at 8:30.

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RBOB CLOSE
CLOSE CHANGE
 
SEPT 28342 +.0599
OCT 26281 +.0447
NOV 25322 +.0401
DEC 25398 +.0370
JAN 25282 +.0334
FEB 25322 +.0320
HEAT CLOSE
CLOSE CHANGE
SEPT 28588 +.0108
OCT 28663 +.0105
NOV 28748 +.0101
DEC 28819 +.0108
JAN 28869 +.0113
FEB 28831 +.0104
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Topics: DOE, Daily Heating Chart, RBOB, Crude draws, Stimulus

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.
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RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
OCT    26665       -.0349
NOV    26564      -.0279
DEC    26432      -.0264
JAN   26412        -.0267
FEB    26474        -.0274
MAR    26574      -.0281
HEAT CLOSE
          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 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

Bulls in driver seat after third up day of specultative buying

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Jul 9, 2010 9:44:00 PM

With the short trading week coming to a close, and what is typically a slow week, was anything but. Inventories showed a large draw in Crude but slight builds in the products, but more importantly was the stock market breaking the 10,000 mark thus implying renewed economic hope. Renewed hope signals increase fuel demand which brings about higher prices. HEAT appears to be still locked in the 1.90 to 2.05 range, and even with the third session in a row of gains, most appear to be skeptical that these levels hold for any length of time. The jump of 14 cents over the last three days appears to be pushed most by speculative investors buying the levels seen last touched back in late May after that dramatic two week fall. (see chart below) Buy on the dips as the old saying goes, and speculative buying lead to speculative selling. At the close, Crude added .34 to $75.77, RBOB gained .0258 to $2.0511 and HEAT rose .0266 to $2.0053. Look for more volatility next week as many return from vacations to find a slightly overpriced market. As a side note, Dennis K Burke is pleased to announce the launch of our newly designed web site. Please visit us at www.burkeoil.com !

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Topics: The Market, Crude draws, Speculative Buying

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