Energy Futures Stand On Green Side Of Flat

Market TalkThursday, Apr 22 2021
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Energy futures seem content to stand on the green side of flat this morning with diesel and heating oil adding .4% while gasoline lags with a muted .05% gain to start the day. Uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and the lack of news on nuclear talks with Iran have left energy prices drifting, not to mention most traders snoozing yesterday’s inventory report.

The Department of Energy published a ~600k barrel build in total U.S. crude oil inventories, a slight, sub-100k build in gasoline stocks, and, the big mover of the day, a draw of one million barrels of ULSD. Given the current landscape, demand estimates for both refined products are likely studied more thoroughly than the headline values: diesel demand was off 6.6% on the week while gasoline saw an increase of 1.8%.

Ethanol inventories take another step below their seasonal five-year low as a combination of increased blending and rocketing corn prices take credit for the drawdown. We could see this low-supply and high-price worsen in the short term as vaccine rollouts across the nation have people driving again.

Global supply and weather concerns continue to be the 1-2 punch responsible for pushing soybean and corn futures to parabolic highs.

The POTUS has committed the nation to cutting our carbon footprint by 50% more than our initial 2005 goal. The ambitious, if a bit lofty, objective sounds great in headlines but similar statements have been made in the past only to be undone by a future administration.

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The Energy Bulls Are On The Run This Morning, Lead By Heating And Crude Oil Futures

The energy bulls are on the run this morning, lead by heating and crude oil futures. The November HO contract is trading ~7.5 cents per gallon (2.3%) higher while WTI is bumped $1.24 per barrel (1.3%) so far in pre-market trading. Their gasoline counterpart is rallying in sympathy with .3% gains to start the day.

The October contracts for both RBOB and HO expire today, and while trading action looks to be pretty tame so far, it isn’t a rare occurrence to see some big price swings on expiring contracts as traders look to close their positions. It should be noted that the only physical market pricing still pricing their product off of October futures, while the rest of the nation already switched to the November contract over the last week or so.

We’ve now got two named storms in the Atlantic, Philippe and Rina, but both aren’t expected to develop into major storms. While most models show both storms staying out to sea, the European model for weather forecasting shows there is a possibility that Philippe gets close enough to the Northeast to bring rain to the area, but not much else.

The term “$100 oil” is starting to pop up in headlines more and more mostly because WTI settled above the $90 level back on Tuesday, but partially because it’s a nice round number that’s easy to yell in debates or hear about from your father-in-law on the golf course. While the prospect of sustained high energy prices could be harmful to the economy, its important to note that the current short supply environment is voluntary. The spigot could be turned back on at any point, which could topple oil prices in short order.

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Market TalkThursday, Sep 28 2023

Gasoline And Crude Oil Futures Are All Trading Between .5% And .8% Lower To Start The Day

The energy complex is sagging this morning with the exception of the distillate benchmark as the prompt month trading higher by about a penny. Gasoline and crude oil futures are all trading between .5% and .8% lower to start the day, pulling back after WTI traded above $95 briefly in the overnight session.

There isn’t much in the way of news this morning with most still citing the expectation for tight global supply, inflation and interest rates, and production cuts by OPEC+.

As reported by the Department of Energy yesterday, refinery runs dropped in all PADDs, except for PADD 3, as we plug along into the fall turnaround season. Crude oil inventories drew down last week, despite lower runs and exports, and increased imports, likely due to the crude oil “adjustment” the EIA uses to reconcile any missing barrels from their calculated estimates.

Diesel remains tight in the US, particularly in PADD 5 (West Coast + Nevada, Arizona) but stockpiles are climbing back towards their 5-year seasonal range. It unsurprising to see a spike in ULSD imports to the region since both Los Angeles and San Francisco spot markets are trading at 50+ cent premiums to the NYMEX. We’ve yet to see such relief on the gasoline side of the barrel, and we likely won’t until the market switches to a higher RVP.

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