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Why Is Crude Oil Ignoring U.S. Inventories?

Published 05/19/2022, 11:28 AM
Updated 05/14/2017, 06:45 AM

While the current pull-back on black gold is fundamentally triggered by different forces, where is the prevailing wind coming from that is pushing prices lower?

On Wednesday, the day after Fed Chair Jerome Powell showed a more hawkish tone, crude oil prices dropped 2.5% following profit-takings on most commodity markets. New fears emerged that a world economic slowdown combined with rising interest rates could negatively impact the global demand.

United States Crude Oil Inventories

The commercial crude oil reserves in the United States unexpectedly dropped in the week that ended May 13, according to figures released on Wednesday by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

U.S. crude inventories have decreased by almost 3.4 million barrels, which implies greater demand and would normally be considered a bullish factor for crude oil prices. However, it appears that with the Federal Reserve’s sustained hawkish tone, which contributes to pushing commodities to the lower side, the market does not pay as much attention to US crude inventories, which are relegated to the background…

Crude Inventories Chart.


Crude Oil Futures Daily Chart.

WTI Crude Oil (CLM22) Futures (June contract, daily chart)

United States Gasoline Inventories

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

These are U.S. Gasoline Reserves, which plunged by almost 4.78 million barrels over a week, while the market forecasted a decline of only 1.33 million barrels.

Gasoline Inventories Chart.


Gasoline Futures Daily Chart.

RBOB Gasoline (RBM22) Futures (June contract, daily chart)

Consequently, despite demand for black gold, which nevertheless remains at a high level according to the two above figures, crude oil prices continued to slide on Thursday. They proceeded with their decline from the previous day, still dampened by fears of a global economic slowdown.

The possible easing of U.S. sanctions against Venezuela could be considered another bearish factor, coming in addition to the Hungarian veto on the EU’s plan to ban Russian oil. The European problems didn’t stop there, as Turkey opposed the opening of talks on the NATO membership extension to Finland and Sweden after the two Nordic countries submitted a formal application.

The current situation of Hungary is quite understandable, since the central European country is particularly dependent on Russian hydrocarbons.

Latest comments

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Ignored because they don't count the ships sitting outside the ports no one will buy bc prices are too high and everyone knows the rug could get pulled any day
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