Flat Demand and Gasoline draw push NYMEX

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Aug 17, 2011 5:12:00 AM

When the always suspect API's were released last night at around 4:30pm,  I couldn't contain myself when I saw the massive 5.2mbl draw announced for gasolines.  By in large, estimates were that we were only to expect a 1.2mbl draw down in stocks.  Obviously overnight markets reacted strongly to the pending news pumping up values almost .06 on all products ahead of the 10:30 announcement of today's DOE numbers.  And to much of my chagrin,  the inventory report confirmed the API gasoline read as a 3.5mbl draw was announced in gasolines.  Yet Crude showed a large 4.2mbl build vs estimates of a 500k draw and distillates grew by 2.5mbl while expectations were for only a 500k barrel increase.  While the draw in gas can be explained by a seasonal switch over, on relatively flat demand, it is difficult to explain away the builds in Crude and distillates.  Unfortunately the Market has a way of making its own reality and could never gather enough momentum to sell off hard enough to turn negative today.  Values still appear to be on the high end of the range as the HEAT low of 2.70 a few weeks ago may have been the seasonal low.  We have now added about 20 cents in value over the last five sessions.  At the close, WTI Crude rose .93 to $87.58, RBOB added .0165 to $2.8703 as outer months were about two cents stronger, and HEAT jumped .0290 to $2.9616.
heat map
RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
SEP    28703       +.0165
OCT    27402      +.0386
NOV    27069      +.0409
DEC   26915       +.0411
JAN    26937       +.0407
FEB    27051      +.0400
HEAT CLOSE
          CLOSE    CHANGE
SEP    29616     +0290
OCT   29706      +.0285
NOV    29812      +.0284
DEC   29908     +.0281
JAN   30010       +.0281
FEB   29906       +.0280
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Topics: S&P Downgrade, Dollar Strengthens, Expected Draws in Crude and Gas

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

Dollar Surges, Nymex and DOW plummet

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Aug 4, 2011 5:17:00 PM

The trend is definitely your friend!  As bearish tones continue to make tsunami like waves throughout the market, commodities took a beating along with the entire equity complex today.  The DOW fell a massive 3% on continued fears of a weaker than expected US economic picture.  The dollar soared higher today against the foreign basket as the European Central Bank bought bonds in an attempt to ward of a debt crisis taking over the region.  A weaker jobs outlook also played heavily into the mentality of traders today that had most running to book profits as quick a they could.  As fears of the dreaded double dip recession continue to make their way to the front page, Markets across all lines have taken huge hits.  I must say, from an end user perspective, this is OK.  The major hurdle for the Country to leap over  and to finally overcome the recession has been higher fuel prices.  Without a less expensive way for Americans to go from place to place, ship goods,  heat their homes, etc. etc. ,it is impossible to even think to believe we are in a better place.  It all starts with lower fuel pricing.  The key now is for these levels to maintain for a reasonable amount of time, if not fall further.  Demand will be a central player in the equation "where do we go from here" .  At the close, Crude fell $5.30 to $86.63, HEAT dropped .1250 to $2.8939 and RBOB lost a staggering .1941 to $2.7372.  Expect to see a buy back on Friday with Monday's action setting the tone for the remainder of the summer.

heat chart

RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE 
  
SEP    27372       -.1941
OCT    26288      -.1763
NOV    26120      -.1659
DEC   26049       -.1605
JAN    26100       -.1593
FEB    26239      -.1587
HEAT CLOSE
          CLOSE    CHANGE
SEP    28939     -.1250
OCT   29048      -.1270
NOV    29169      -.1293
DEC   29293      -.1308
JAN   29416       -.1319
FEB   29424       -.1324
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Topics: Weak Jobs Report, Double Dip Recession, Dow falls 3%, S&P Downgrade, Dollar Strengthens

Futures End Down after Wild Session

Posted by Mark Pszeniczny on Apr 19, 2011 11:28:00 AM

NYMEX futures struggled to put together consecutive down days, and similar to the Bruins last night, it was a little tense right up to the end.  Futures opened down over 3 cents in both Pits and fell to as much as over five cents down before clawing all the way back, and actually trading positive briefly with about 40 minutes left in the day.  The days fall can be attributed to yesterdays news of Standard & Poors issuing a negative long term credit rating for the United States.  Highlighting that report was concern over the future of Commodity pricing and its effect on consumers.  Yet many are pointing to signals within the economy that could lead one to believe that we are well into a recovery.  Lets face it, last weeks DOE numbers were an aboration of refinery turns.  And as the pits turned stronger today, it centered around reports that gasoline demand jumped over 3% last week.  But that report is by spendingpulse.  Spendingpulse is a yardstick for usage of credit card customers.  Americans generally charge gasoline as a last resort to cash or debit. Thus the sell off continued.  At the close, front month Crude rose $1.03 on the expiry to $108.15. RBOB fel .0197 to $3.2331 and HEAT fell .0243 to $3.1585.  Keep in mind, we have not seen three consecutive down days since early FEB, and previously in early DEC.

 

heat chart

RBOB CLOSE
                 CLOSE       CHANGE MAY    32331       -.0197
JUN    31993        -.0191
JUL    31722       -.0161
AUG    31477       -.0131
SEP     31204       -.0085
OCT    29689        -.0087
HEAT CLOSE
          CLOSE    CHANGE
MAY    31585       -.0243
JUN    31725       -.0227
JUL    31895        -.0201
AUG    32062        -.0179
SEP    32226       -.0165
OCT    32391        -.0153
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Topics: Gasoline demand drop, DOE, S&P Downgrade

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