If you were to read the news, it is almost impossible to tell which way the Oil markets are going as the volatility has all pits in wild daily swings. Fortunately for most of us, diesel prices have corrected over $.30 in the last three days and all but erased the early August climb.
Demand, Economy, and Inventory are the fundamentals that continue to push futures around. Reports from the IEA on worldwide demand “coming to a halt” in the fourth quarter due to slowing global economies and continued lockdowns in China rippled through the market yesterday along with interesting Inventory news. Demand right now sits at its lowest point since JAN21.
Shown below, gas stocks fell to a 10 month low, but was taken lightly as it is typical this time of year as we switch seasonal grades. The bearish news came with Distillates building for a third week in a row, albeit still 12% off from a year ago. Unfortunately for us in the Northeast, our stocks fell by 3%. Exports of distillates finally fell last week but again they are a staggering 83% higher than last year. With the FED poised to make another 75 basis point rate hike, most anticipate the collateral damage to be demand. Thus fueling sell off.
This summers price action is truly one for the record books. Since May, ULSD has gone up $1, down $1, Up $1 and down $1. Remember the days that if the market moved $.01 you had a meeting to figure out what to do?
Having a good relationship with your supplier is critical during these times. While it is impossible to predict what the pits will do, its always best to at least know what is happening.