Fed Holds Interest Rates, Oil Drops after Wednesday's Gains

Posted by Kelly Burke on Sep 18, 2015 3:14:46 PM

Line charts depicting the stock market scattered on a table

Oil prices continued to tumble early this week - that is until the Wednesday EIA report came out and spiked prices on Crude up 6%. The report showed that Crude stockpiles fell by 2.1mmbbls for the week ending September 11. Additionally, Distillate stocks dropped by 3mmbbl, and gasoline dropped 2.84mmb. That explains Wednesday, when we saw Crude jump up to settle at $47.15 (Tuesday's close was $44), ULSD jumped .0414 to $1.5414, and RBOB jumped .0492 to $1.3821 (it could have been worse - intraday highs were over 5 up on diesel and 6 up on gas!).

Today is trending down like yesterday, with ULSD down .0390 to $1.4907, and gas down .0198 to $1.3562. WTI closed out at $44.68.

The Federal Reserve announced late Thursday that it will not be increasing interest rates at this time, based on concern about global economic growth. This has pushed oil prices down, because global concern means we're unlikely to see a spike in demand that would ease concerns about the oil glut we've been dealing with. As you'd expect, there's been some demand/use increase because of the lower prices we've been seeing, however its simply not robust enough to really make a sizeable dent in the oversupply. 

The issue with the Fed's statement outside of the grim outlook is they are still suggesting a rate hike this year, probably December. That means we will probably see the same up and down volatility with stocks and oil prices as we have seen over the past few months while waiting for this now-passed deadline. 

Rig counts are down in the US again, according to Baker Hughes' report, which may stem some production, but again, not likely to be a huge mover one way or the other. Refineries will be going on scheduled maintainence soon which may lower Crude stockpiles for a while, we'll have to wait and see on what impact that has. Across the globe, OPEC is still maintaining they will not be stemming production, and Iran has stated they intend to come fully back online as soon as sanctions no longer suppress their output. 

On the political side - the House Committee on Energy voted this week to move a bill proposing the repeal of the Crude Export Ban to the floor for a vote. Obama is likely to threaten veto, and its unclear if it will even get through the Senate to force said veto, but it is a potential bright spot for US producers and refiners that the bipartisan bill is moving to the floor.

(If you want to brush up on some of the issues regarding the Crude Oil Export Ban, you can do so in these articles: "Is it Time to Overturn the Crude Export Ban?" and "Energy Security, Not Independence, Should be the Goal" )

Stay tuned!

 

 

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Topics: US Crude Exports, FED holds interest rates, CRUDE, OPEC, EIA Inventories

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

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
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 futures end mixed as concerns loom

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Apr 28, 2011 8:23:00 PM

What is funny about Todays title is that it seems that I have used it several times over the last month!  Another Groundhog Day with the Market up strong on the overnight, falling into negative ground late in the day and ending as a mixed bag at the close.  Investors were eager to jump in overnight as many weighed the FED Chairman's comments and the reluctance to raise interest rates.  The decision to keep rates extremely low signals to investors that the US economy still has some hurdles to jump before we are all fat and happy again.  That policy is weighing heavy on the greenback, pushing it to a 33 month low.  We all know the corollary is the high Crude and product prices as inflationary hedges from investors.  The news the economy only grew 1.8% last quarter while most were expecting a 3.1% increase did little to ease rising NYMEX prices.  Yet around mid session a sell off materialized that had both products negative for some time.  HEAT was able finish in the red as it fell a mere 18pts to $3.2316, RBOB keeps pushing higher as it gained .0104 to $3.4298, while CRUDE gained .10 to $112.86.  With $28 crack spreads on gas, it is not hard to see how Exxon posted 69% Q1 profits.   While it is easy to point to middle eastern unrest as the cause of this surge, it is tough to defend as supplies in the US are still at very healthy levels.  End result is that this bubble has to burst.  Hopefully soon. 

 

heat chart

 

RBOB CLOSE
                      CLOSE       CHANGE
 MAY    34298       +.0104
   JUN    33696       +.0114
     JUL    33230        +.0117
  AUG    32831       +.0100
  SEP     32443       +.0075
  OCT    30856        +.0062
HEAT CLOSE
          CLOSE    CHANGE
MAY    32316       -.0018
JUN    32459      -.0022
JUL    32619      -.0027
AUG    32785        -.0031
SEP    32951       -.0036
OCT    33103        -.0043
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Topics: FED holds interest rates, Bernanke, Dollar falls

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