Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Oil Inventories Saw Huge Declines Across the Board

The inventory report by the US Energy Department surprised the market as crude inventory fell -4.84 mmb to 327.5 mmb in the week ended December 18. The draw was significantly more than market expectation and represented the third consecutive decline. Although stockpile at Cushing, Oklahoma rose +0.57 mmb, the pace of increase has moderated and should narrow the discount of WTI crude to Brent crude.

Distillate stockpile declined -3.03 mmb, following a -2.95 mmb draw in the prior week. This is the second consecutive weekly fall. The market anticipates further draw in coming weeks as the weather gets abnormally cold. Gasoline inventory dipped -0.88 mmb to 216.3 mmb, offsetting the build in the previous week.

Rally in crude oil price accelerated after the report. The benchmark contract surged to 76.53, the highest in 3 weeks. For oil products, heating oil price jumped to 2.038 while RBOB gasoline also climbed to 1.965.....Here is the charts!

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