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Black Gold Still Hesitant Despite Bullish U.S. Crude Inventories

By Sunshine Profits (Sébastien Bischeri)CommoditiesMay 26, 2022 11:16AM ET
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Black Gold Still Hesitant Despite Bullish U.S. Crude Inventories
By Sunshine Profits (Sébastien Bischeri)   |  May 26, 2022 11:16AM ET
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A drop in reserves was slightly bigger than expected, however, the crude oil market remains hesitant to break out. What’s holding it back?

Crude oil prices have been progressing very slowly during the quiet European session on Thursday, as several European countries celebrate Ascension Day and preparations for the long Memorial Day weekend are under way in the United States. We may expect some profit-takings on various commodity markets before the start of the U.S. summer driving season, however, it could be offset by an increase in gasoline demand in the forthcoming days and weeks.

Let’s Keep An Eye On Volatility

The Volatility Index (VIX) – aka “Fear Index” – is currently making lower highs as it can be seen in the following charts, especially on the weekly and daily charts, nevertheless, it remains well above the $20-25 zone.

VIX Monthly Chart.
VIX Monthly Chart.

Source: FINVIZ.com

VIX Weekly Chart.
VIX Weekly Chart.

Source: FINVIZ.com

VIX Daily Chart.
VIX Daily Chart.

Source: FINVIZ.com

If we were seeing a spike towards $40, this could signal an acceleration of volatility and would potentially precede a more violent market crash, notably marked by a sudden drop in equities…

On the contrary, if a de-escalation were going to happen in the Black Sea region, the VIX could fall back to its lower levels (except if we get fears redirected to a probable recession), below that $20-25 band. Thus, volatility represents another critical instrument on any trader’s dashboard to carefully monitor while trading financial markets.

United States Crude Oil Inventories

This time, the weekly commercial crude oil reserves in the United States dropped a little more than the predictions, according to figures released on Wednesday by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Crude Oil Reserves.
Crude Oil Reserves.

US. crude inventories have decreased by over 1 million barrels, which implies slightly greater demand and is normally considered a bullish factor for crude oil prices. Here, the difference with the forecasted figure is rather low, though.

Crude Inventories.
Crude Inventories.

Source: Investing.com

Crude Oil Futures Daily Chart.
Crude Oil Futures Daily Chart.

United States Gasoline Inventories

On the other hand, some additional figures extracted from the same EIA report were released:

Gas Inventories.
Gas Inventories.

These are US Gasoline Reserves, which were expected to drop by 634 thousand barrels over the week. However, with 482 thousand barrels on the meter, the figure falls into the bearish side (having a lower deviation than expected), even though we may start to see accelerating demand triggered by the beginning of the Summer Driving Season in the USA in the forthcoming days or weeks.

Gasoline Reserves Chart.
Gasoline Reserves Chart.

Source: Investing.com

Gasoline Futures Daily Chart.
Gasoline Futures Daily Chart.

On the Eastern side of Europe, Russian oil production shows an extraordinary ability to adapt to tougher economic conditions – in particular, Russia's economy withstanding sanctions – including the emergence of China and India as key buyers of Russian crude, in part due to the appealing discounts they are offered. After all, it is not Black (Gold) Friday every day!

Black Gold Still Hesitant Despite Bullish U.S. Crude Inventories
 

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