Around The Barrel – US Crude SPR Storage Fell to Lowest Since Nov 2002 Last Week

WTI Oil futures have rallied back from the recent dump. Last week EIA reporting US Crude stocks in SPR fell to lowest since Nov 2002. Last Week crude drew -4715Kbbl (incl +1463kbbl build at Cushing). Gasoline stocks grew +5533kbbl. Utilization fell -.2% to 89.6%. Production 100k to 11,600 kbpd.

Cushing Storage Tanks
Cushing Storage Tanks

Around The Barrel Contents

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  1. DOE & API Petroleum Storage Forecast Matrix
  2. Crude Oil Quick Summary
  3. Weekly DoE US Petroleum Storage Report Breakdown
  4. API Crude Inventories
  5. Cushing Oil Stocks
  6. Crude Imports
  7. Crude Exports
  8. Gasoline
  9. Rig Watch
  10. Crude Oil Production
  11. Weather
  12. WTI Crude Oil Futures Technical Analysis
  13. DCOT Report
  14. Option Volatility and Gamma
  15. Key EIA and CME Dates

DOE Weekly Petroleum Status Report Forecast

  • via
  • Report Date 12/8/21
  • Release Time: Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 10:30 A.M. (ET)

Note in bbls *exp = Reuters poll est  adjusted for API shift, except Cushing

 EIAExpPrior API
Crude-4715k-2633k -4584k -3670k
Cushing+1463k+1367k+1294k +1272k
Distillate+396k-1968k-2852k -849k
Weekly US Crude Oil Storage Report
  • Refinery Utilization -0.2% to 89.68% Exp +.5%
  • Production  -100 tot 11,600 kbpd (13.10 ATH)

Summary of Weekly Petroleum Data for the Week (Live Link)

US Crude Oil Quick Look

via Giovanni Staunovo? @staunovo


via Ole S Hansen @Ole_S_Hansen

Weekly DoE US Petroleum Storage Report Breakdown

Weekly Storage via DOE

with RonH Data ‏@Ronh and The Fundamental Angle ‏@BrynneKKelly


  Via RonH at Ron H Public Tableau Link

The Fundamental Angle with Brynne Kelly ‏@BrynneKKelly


API Crude Oil Inventories

API Crude Inventories

Cushing Oil Stocks

Cushing, OK is the hub for the most heavily traded US oil Futures contract – West Intermediate Crude – WTI so for that reason we pay special attention to the storage there.

API Cushing

Weekly Update via RonH Data ‏@Ronh999

Cushing OK Crude Oil Storage Stocks

Closer Look at Cushing with DigStic Data @DigStic

US Oil Import Export



US crude imports by origin in kbpd (incl w/w change)

  • Canada -732 to 3147
  • Mexico -66 to 503
  • Saudi Arabia -79 to 384
  • Colombia -86 to 146
  • Iraq +330 to 359
  • Ecuador -70 to 195
  • Brazil +146 to 146
  • Russia +17 to 224
  • Nigeria -89 to 128
  • Trinidad and Tobago -51 to 0



US Gasoline Consumers

Input to Refineries


US consumers bought 377.4 million gallons of gasoline per day last week. +42.4 mil YoY.


US consumers spent $1,243.6 million dollars per day for gasoline last week, +$520.8 mil YoY


US avg retail price for gasoline was $3.295 last week. That is +$1.071 YoY.


Rig Watch

Baker Hughes Weekly North American Rigs Report

  • Total 569 (est 570; prev 563)
  • Rotary Oil Rigs: up 5 to 480 vs 264 a year ago
  • Rotary Gas Rigs: rigs up 2 to 106 vs 83 a year ago

US Oil Rigs  w/w changes by key shale basins

  • Permian +6 to 294 v 173 a year ago
  • Eagle Ford unchanged at 38
  • Williston unchanged at 27
  • Cana Woodford +2 to 27 v 8 a year ago
  • DJ Niobrara unchanged at 11

US oil rigs and frac spread (Baker Hughes/Primary Vision)

Permian Basin Rigs

International oil rigs ex North America

+12 m/m to 599 in September

  • Saudi Arabia +4
  • Turkey, Brazil +3
  • Iraq, Algeria +2
  • Kuwait, Indonesia -2

US Oil Production

US Oil Field Production -100k to 11.600 mbpd Off ATH 13.10mpd


Weather Watch

Gulf of Mexico

WTI Crude Oil Futures Technical Analysis

via KnovaWave @KnovaWave

US Crude Oil (WTI)

The backwardation structure of all crude prices steepened in October and the calendar spread between the nearest futures contracts moved into deeper backwardation. This reflected the market perception of stronger market fundamentals in the near-term and lower global crude oil inventory levels. The prospect of higher oil demand during the winter season due to gas to oil switching, amid soaring gas prices in the main trading hubs, and the forecast of slower non-OPEC oil supply growth, have pushed the near-month contract spreads higher compared to later month contracts.

4 Hour: WTI oil stayed around the top of the 240m cloud spinning the 50 ma (green). This is a market that is reflective of fear and greed and in a holding pattern for which ‘wins’. Sell off capitulated to -4/8

Daily: On the way up potent WTI price action indicative of 3rd wave energy highlighted by spits of the Tenkan to new highs. The completion in 5 waves saw heavy selling with eventual confluence kiss of death with 50dma at the top of the cloud. From there down in 3 waves, completing a C or a? Support wasn’t found until 0-8. Resistance Kijun, 50dma, Cloud. Tenkan below

The key is crowd behavior to help tell the story which in energy is often around geopolitics. A great example of why we watch ABC corrections and from here we get the energy from the break being balanced. This move that was powered by 50 dma Tenkan spit of a spit – hence the fractal energies reverberations. Support is previous lows, Murrey Math levels and Fib cluster. Support is the 50dma, kijun, tenkan and prev high confluence.

Weekly: WTI crude Oil futures continues to correct the sell off after it’s measured move reversed from 7-year highs. Long term 61.8% target fueled by ABC bull flag after rebalanced Chikou sated the 5 waves. Weekly Tenkan & Kijun closed touching to give next impulse clue after closing above 50wma. It must regain energy to resume higher.

These are special times, recall “After we regained the pattern 261.8% from the extreme (-$40) move. The climax of the larger acceleration lower after broke the weekly uptrend, a fractal of the sharp and all the way to all-time lows to negative pricing we have seen mirror replications.” Support is previous channels, Tenkan and Kijun. Above we have Murrey Math time and price

WTI D 11 5 2021 Perspective

WTI W 11 5 2021 Fibs

Crude Oil Futures Commitment of Traders

Latest ICE and CFTC Open Interest Data:

CTFC and ICE open interest:

Money managers increased their net-length in Brent crude oil futures and options by 361 contracts to 154,418 in the week ending December 14 Long-only positions rose by 1,294 Short-only positions rose by 933 other reportables net-length fell by 1,578 – ICE

Money managers reduced their net-length in WTI crude oil futures and options by 14,775 contracts to 245,289 in the week ending December 14 Long-only positions fell by 7,238 Short-only positions rose by 7,537 other reportables net-length fell by 524 – CFTC


Chart: Crude net-positioning of non-commercial accounts (=managed money and other reportables) in barrels and in US dollars (Brent and WTI futures and options combined) latest value is December 14

COT on energy saw selling of #WTI and #Brent extend to to a 4th week. The comb length dropped by 27k lots to 573k, a two month low. With length in all fuel products also reduced, the total 50k lots reduction 819k was the biggest to hit the sector since August.

via Ole S Hansen @Ole_S_Hansen



Understanding DCOT Reports

Read Understanding Commitments of Traders Reports – COT, TFF and DCOT  to help understand the disaggregated reports (DCOT) and how they break down the reportable open interest positions into four classifications:

1. Producer/Merchant/Processor/User 2. Swap Dealers 3. Managed Money 4. Other Reportables

Crude Oil Option Volatility Watch



NYMEX LO = Crude Oil Options First 3 Months (Live Link)


NYMEX LO & ICE North Sea Brent BRN Crude Oil Options (Live Link)



NYMEX LO NYMEX OB Options (Live Link)


Key EIA and CME Dates for WTI Crude Oil

Key EIA and CME Dates For WTI Crude Oil

From The TradersCommunity US Research Desk