Week in Review – August 7, 2020

WTI Crude finished the week higher amid a large crude draw mid-week and falling rig counts. Higher refinery utilization helped WTI crude stocks fall this week, but demand for products could not soak up all the excess production as distillates and gasoline inventories increased. Rig counts have fallen 67% from March highs to 263 active […]

Stimulus and Fed Meeting Will Dictate Week’s Trading

Oil markets are seeing light activity this morning following Friday’s news of the first weekly increase in US oil rig counts since March. The US economy is in focus for oil markets today, as two major releases are expected this week. First, Senate Republicans today will unveil their latest economic stimulus package, which most expect […]

OPEC+ Meets This Week to Review Oil Cuts

A late-breaking price rally on Friday brought crude oil prices back above the $40/bbl threshold, where they remain this morning despite a downward turn. Rising optimism across all financial markets helped deliver a strong close in equities and commodities last week. In addition, NY fuel prices (the trading point for NYMEX diesel and RBOB futures) […]

IEA Raises Demand Forecast, Warns of Downside Risk

Yesterday brought a sharp break from the oil market’s earlier stability. Crude prices shed over $1/bbl as several companies, including Wells Fargo and United Airlines, announced employee layoffs following a dismal jobs report. Unemployment claims have fallen precipitously from their March peak but remain double the highs of the 2008-09 recession. Rising coronavirus cases in […]

Week in Review – July 10, 2020

WTI Crude finished the week lower after cruising to mid-week relatively flat. Demand concerns early in the week were offset by the EIA increasing the 2021 crude demand forecast by 10% which helped lift markets on Wednesday.  While some headlines pointed toward rising prices, the market fell to close the week on mixed inventory news, […]

EIA Raises 2021 Crude Forecast 10%

The EIA published its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook yesterday, and the news is helping to keep prices from sliding amid higher COVID-19 cases. The US yesterday posted another record-breaking day for infections, reporting roughly 60,000 new cases throughout the country. With some states reversing reopening, many fear a return to low regional demand in some […]

Mid-Week Review – July 8, 2020

April Shows Record Crude Inventory Increase No surprise, April was a pretty rough month for the petroleum industry. Demand plummeted, prices turned negative, and inventories swelled. As it turns out, inventories actually rose faster than they ever have, adding 47 million barrels (+10%) in April. Click here to read more from the EIA.   Russian […]

Dakota Access Pipeline Shut: Fuel Price Implications

Oil markets are rising gently this morning after yesterday brought no change in price direction. This week the market will be sharply focused on July 4 demand data. Each year, millions of consumers hit the roads to see family and friends and gather for fireworks; this year, many of those plans were cancelled. The EIA’s […]

Will Supply and Demand Ever Return?

Oil is trading sideways this morning following a long Independence Day holiday weekend for US traders. Declining oil production is counteracting the rising COVID-19 cases, keeping markets in limbo. US active oil rig counts continued their decline, falling to just 185 rigs according to Baker Hughes data released on Friday. Including natural gas rigs, total […]

Record-High Inventories Will Continue Pressuring Markets

Oil prices are giving up yesterday’s gains following news that Texas will be halting its re-opening approach due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases. With the economy already teetering following months of quarantine, forecasters worry that fuel demand may once again turn lower. But regardless of the day-to-day news, a looming challenge for markets is […]

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