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July crude oil prices reversed early losses during the initial morning hours in response to an unexpected Chinese interest rate cut. This morning's announcement by the PBOC was the first action taken by central bankers to support growth. Meanwhile, the crude oil market drafted some support from yesterday's EIA inventory data that showed a draw of 111,000 barrels. However, an unexpected build in Cushing Oklahoma supplies and builds in gasoline and distillate supplies might have tempered the upside reaction in July crude oil.
EIA crude stocks are 15.668 million barrels above year ago levels and 37.31 million barrels above the five year average. Crude oil imports for the week stood at 8.957 million barrels per day compared to 9.056 million barrels the previous week. The refinery operating rate saw a significant increase of 1.9% to 91.0%, which compared to 87.2% last year and the five year average of 88.0%.
July natural gas prices registered a lower low in early morning action as they continued the decline from yesterday's high. While the natural gas market appeared to draft a measure of support from recent weather forecasts bolstering the case for higher air conditioning demand, there appears to be a more dominant negative force hanging over the market. Expectations for this morning's report are for an injection of around 55 bcf.
Posted courtesy of The CME Group
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