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Inflation Reduction Act Helps Keep Downward Trend Intact

The past two weeks has seen ULSD rise, and subsequently fall almost $.20 on the front month.  Much of the dip in the last few days came as market players were able to digest some of the details in the 785 page Inflation Reduction Act which appears to moving its way through.  One piece which many believe will have the most impact on futures is that the bill revives lease sales canceled or delayed by President Biden including: one in Alaska’s Cook Inlet  and three in the Gulf of Mexico.  This section also appears to require the Biden Administration to adopt Trump era directives for 2022 oil and gas leasing established.

 Yesterday was clearly driven by inventories and demand concerns with gasoline.  However, distillates were the red headed step child, shrugging off any loses and actually finishing the day higher as demand numbers stayed healthy and inventories dipped.  Crude and gasoline took all the attention with a surprise build in crude and an almost 8mbpd drop in gasoline demand.  It’s really an odd disconnect but many of us actually see it on a daily basis.  Construction, trucking, etc remains strong but on a personal level we may be starting to pull back our own driving habits. 

An OPEC+ hike of 100,000 bpd is rather insignificant as they usually over produce or under produce by that much anyway.  Markets will always have bounces in either direction but often time the trend is still intact, and it appears the downward trend is still there. 

August 4 ULSD

 

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Despite Early Week Gains, the Trend is Still Your Friend on ULSD

With Friday and Mondays' sessions cutting into the recent losses on ULSD by about $.35, it’s important to keep in mind the trend is still your friend. With early morning action seeing ULSD down $.08, we are still down over $.80 in the last few weeks. 

Downward pressure continues on the pit with yesterday’s build across the board on crude and products, the Inventory report erased nearly all of the early morning gains.  Inventories are now almost to the low end of the 5 year average. 

The daily volatility in both gas and diesel makes it extremely difficult to provide quotes.  Shameless plug….  The DKB Exchange allows you to secure real time pricing on product…..   Yesterday, ULSD was up almost $.11 at one point and down over $.05 before closing up marginally $.0033 to $3.6659.   

Inflation is now at a 40 year high, which also posed concerns as its widely expected we will see another rate hike by the FED, which will likely pressure demand and continue to push futures down.  This time of year we always have to keep in mind NOAA hurricane estimates, and with an “above Normal” estimate in place with 14-21 named storms for this season, there could be some storm premiums shed in the market if this does not materialize.   Supplies of finished product still remain tight in areas with the backwardation not going away, albeit getting smaller. 

The hope is, that in the next 60 days or so we get back to normal spreads.

 

7-14 ULSD

 

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Volatility on Diesel Keeps Everyone Scrambling

The volatility within the ULSD pit continues to keep everyone scrambling.  $.20 swings from high to low have become the norm.  That coupled the lack of product in the Northeast is putting real stress on not only suppliers but customers alike.  As we mentioned a few days ago, refiners are stocking up on crude and producing as much distillates as they can.  Evident in yesterdays Inventory report that showed Crude surge 8.5mbls and distillate output up over 160,000 bpd.  While diesel inventories still remain low, down almost 1mbls, the demand numbers, down almost 200bpd are pointing to sure fire demand destruction. 

Again, the timing of when that downward drop may take hold is tough to tell.  Judging by the chart below, we may already be at the beginning stages of it.  The backwardation of roughly .20 JUNE to JULY is still keeping many from bringing in any inventory which is keeping cash prices high.  Those differentials, at historic highs, really have only one way to go I would like to think. 

Most of us are hoping to wake up to pit that is down $.50 but it seems that the market is always able to find something to erase the losses.  Today is a perfect example.  ULSD was down almost .20 earlier and found a way to get almost .04 higher during the session.  As I type it is down roughly $.04.  Inflationary risk buying appears to be the driver, which I would have though that we would have seen less of as last month’s squeeze that sent shockwaves through the market with lingering effects. 

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Thu 5-12

 

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