From analyst Dian L. Chu.....
Last week the shorts were all lined up for another bearish inventory report for Petroleum products from the EIA, but lo and behold, miracles do actually occur. We had an extremely bullish report (Fig. 1) which caught a lot of traders poorly positioned, and many fund managers underexposed to the commodity, which relative to Gold, Silver, and Copper, smelled like a bargain in the face of further quantitative easing expected by the Federal Reserve in the 4th quarter.
The real surprise in the report was the large drop--3.5 million barrels-- in gasoline inventories, and the RBOB contract needed to re-price itself given this change which was largely due to lower imports on the supply side, as demand for gasoline is still relatively anemic year on year.
Distillate demand has recovered strongly over the last 6 weeks from the lows of the summer (Fig. 3), and is quite robust year on year, and a great sign that the double dip scenario is officially off the table. Remember, that distillate demand represents usage from the industrial and manufacturing sectors of the economy, which will be the first indications of potential economic strength or weakness.....Read the entire article.
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