Diesel futures continue to oscillate on both technical and fundamental influences. We had mentioned to many, don't be surprised if the March contract touches the support level of $2.65 area when in it was trading above $3.25 in late January. Low and behold on Monday it bounced off $2.6649 before jumping another $.20 over the next two sessions.
It appears that warmer temps both here and in Europe (except for this past weekend) started the sell off as the fear of a product shortage for power generation is subsiding. With OPEC+ agreeing to stick to current production levels, it casts doubt on what demand will really look like as China begins to reopen. Presently it appears that their need wont be as much as anticipated.
Domestically, we appear to be making strides on inventory increases with builds across the board yesterday. Specifically with diesel, we rose 2.9mbls on the backs of strong imports, even with a 2% increase in demand. (partly attributed to power plant usage, as expected). I have said that should we touch the support level of $2.65, we would likely have to reset for a time and figure out where and what will drive the market. Coming out of winter, we will need to keep a close eye on factors such as China’s demand, future interest rate adjustments, and domestic needs specifically on the transportation and construction side.
There is still a tremendous amount of volatility within the day as double digit ranges from high to low are now the norm. I would like to think we will see softer pricing over the next few weeks as the market tries to erase the backwardation that continues to linger. (keep in mind the outer months are likely to not fall as much)