Oil Deflates as Pipeline Reopens, Inflation Fears Persist

After racing back above $66/bbl yesterday, US crude oil prices are falling back once again this morning. Inflation concerns are heating up, with the US Labor Department reporting that consumer prices rose 4.2% in April – the fastest growth since 2008. Higher inflation would seem to promote higher fuel prices, but it also leads the […]

Mid-Week Review – May 12, 2021

IEA May Oil Market Report Global oil consumption is now forecast to rise by 5.4 mb/d in 2021, 270 kb/d lower than in our previous Report. Europe and OECD Americas have been revised down by 320 kb/d and 515 kb/d respectively in 1Q21, while India’s Covid crisis led us to downgrade its demand in 2Q21 […]

A Bad Day for Pipelines

Today is a bad day for pipelines. The Colonial Pipeline, the main line supplying the East Coast with gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, remains offline – more on that below. Today, the Enbridge Pipeline faces a critical deadline. The line transports crude oil from western Canada down to Sarnia, Ontario (passing through Minnesota, Wisconsin, and […]

Colonial Aims to Open by End of Week

The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack has been a dominant headline in news reports this week, yet oil prices seem strangely calm. Although prices have certainly risen in the Southeast, where supply outages are beginning to pop up in gasoline markets, the impact on other markets has been minimal. After an initial panic that sent NYMEX gasoline […]

Could the Driver Shortage Cause Fuel Outages?

Downstream fuel markets have been abuzz following a recent CNN report that warned of gasoline shortages this summer. The cause, though, has nothing to do with gasoline supplies. Refiners are continuing to keep up with demand and inventories – though below COVID levels – are healthy. Supply and demand are both on the rise, but […]

Week In Review – March 26, 2021

This week is one to remember – oil prices have seen $2/bbl price moves nearly every day this week! Just look at diesel markets which crashed 8 cents lower on Tuesday, gained all of that back on Wednesday, then lost another 8 cents on Thursday. And today, it’s almost back where it started! Your neck […]

More Volatility from Suez Canal, OPEC Meeting, and COVID

Oil price volatility continues this week, with huge up-and-down movements for oil prices each day. Yesterday, oil prices once again plummeted, approaching Tuesday’s low closing level. Some of the volatility is driven by the Suez Canal blockage. There are ships on both sides trying to pass through, and a surprise tanker delivery (or a decision […]

Will Fuel Gains Continue? Exploring 3:2:1 Crack Spreads

Markets are trading lower this morning, giving up some of the stimulus-related gains from last week. Despite positive economic data from China, continued supply cuts from Saudi Arabia, and a falling rig count in the US, traders aren’t feeling the enthusiasm so far. Despite today’s pullback, the overall trend has been higher prices, especially for […]

Vaccine News Sparked this Multi-Week Rally

On Tuesday, WTI crude closed higher as the vaccine rollout continues and hopes for another round of economic stimulus in the US grows. The market is giving back some of those gain this morning even in the face of favorable inventory news from the API. The rally that the market has been on began in […]

Mid-Week Review – January 13, 2021

Oil prices rise to near 1-year highs on vaccines, stimulus, and Saudi Arabian production cuts Oil prices rose on Wednesday to close to 1-year highs, as data hinted at stronger demand, while more stimulus and production cuts brightened the outlook. It is a remarkable turnaround for oil prices, after demand tanked during the first wave […]

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