UPDATE: EIA report sees crude stocks fall
Head of Commodity Strategy
EIA Report Update: Crude oil stocks dropped in line with the American Petroleum Institute figures due to a 1.1m barrel/day net decline in imports. Production hit a record 11m b/d due to a continued ramp-up in shale oil production. Gasoline stocks rose as refinery demand slowed and net-import rose.
WTI crude is potentially on track to recover back towards the centre of the current range between $68.60 and $69.90/barrel.
“Iran says Israel, U.S. will be targeted if Washington attacks” is the headline from this Reuters article quoting a senior Iranian cleric.
Tanker tracking data from Platts show that Iran’s crude oil exports have fallen sharply during the first half of August. During this time they saw 1.68 million b/d being exported, some 640,000 b/d below the average for July. This will undoubtedly raise pressure on the remaining Opec members and also raise the question whether they will be able to meet the potential shortfall – not only from Iran but also from Venezuela which continues to deteriorate.
Also driving the market higher today is speculation that the Weekly Petroleum Status Report from the US Energy Information Administration due at 14:30 GMT may show a bigger than expected drop in crude stocks. This comes after API reported a 5.2 million barrel drop in US crude stocks.
Estimating weekly crude stocks has become increasingly difficult following the rise in US exports during the past couple of years. This seems to have increased the volatility in the weekly net import figure and it is here we normally find the main reason for a discrepancy.
Latest Market Insights
Q4 Outlook 2022: Winter is coming
- Winter is coming to the financial markets as central banks are tightening their grip. How spring will look is still a question.
European energy crisis: it will get worse before it gets betterThe winter in Europe will be tough, but whether the result is political chaos or sustainable, innovative solutions is still undecided.
A difficult and volatile quarter awaitsAs the year draws to an end, commodities continue to be at centre stage of the world with growth pockets political uncertainty.
The bright side: crises drive innovationThe positive spin on crises is that they come with solutions. It is worrisome that deglobalisation may be a response to this crisis.
Green transformation in China: renewable energy and beyondGoing green, China needs to span numerous energy sources to ensure stability, as every source comes with a challenge.
Asia: Intermittent solutions, but a faster renewable adoption curveAsian energy supply is being squeezed. This and the adoption of renewables may change the investment sentiment in the region.
FX: A Fed thaw needed to deliver a sustained USD turn lowerThe US Dollar can keep momentum when the Federal Reserve continues to tighten, leaving the rest to play to their drum.
Autumn can become ugly for equities and bond holders. Comfort for Dollar longsTechnical analysis suggests that equities could face a tough Q4 as could fixed income. US Dollar positions could provide some upside.
The next stock market sector to watch, with stocks going nuclearAs the world scrambles to find affordable, sustainable energy, nuclear is getting attention from politicians and investors alike.
The crypto space is getting cold when the hype disappearsCryptocurrencies face a winter of their own as retail investors and governments are asking tough questions.