Around The Barrel – Crude Oil Drew -12.581 Mbbls as US Petroleum Exports Hit New Record High 11.776mbpd

The EIA reported crude oil stocks drew -12.581Mbbls with help of -1.400Mbbls from the SPR into the crude oil market, the lowest level since March 1984 down ~203.2Mbbls YTD. US petroleum exports hit a new record high of 11.776mbpd last week (crude 4.948mbpd, products 6.828mbpd). Net crude imports swung to be down by 1.732mbpd w/w. Cushing stocks fell -0.415Mbbls. Gasoline stocks rose +2.770Mbbls. Refinery demand rose for a fifth week to 95.2% utilization coming out of maintenance season. Distillate stocks also rising by more than expected by +3.547Mbbls. Production UNCH at 12.10 mil b/d off the highest since March 2020.

WTI Oil prices have rallied back over $80 after trading under $74 on recession fears with China Covid social unrest. Risks overhang the demand picture with geopolitical risk overhanging the supply picture. NYMEX December Gasoline Futures settled $2.3282 last Friday extending losses to 8-week low.

Oil Outlook Messy

The geopolitical framework for Crude Oil remains volatile as Russia, Germany, Iran and China pursue aggressive directions. Germany in an attempt to achieve some energy independence seized the German unit of Russian oil major Rosneft PJSC a few months ago. Readdressing the dependance to Russia and the disaster that has come since the Ukraine invasion has been a slow and indecisive one by Germany. Geopolitical risks remain after President Vladimir Putin said Russia would immediately stop oil supply to countries that support the G7 members o price cap on exports of Russian oil.

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

The soaring US dollar has had a significant impact on commodity futures, however under the engine demand and supply issues are the underlying guide.

DOE Weekly Petroleum Status Report Forecast

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  • Report Date 11/22/21
  • Release Time: Wednesday, November 29, 2022, at 9:30 A.M. (ET)
  • Crude EIA -12.581M Exp -2.725M Prior -3.691M API -7.850M
  • Cushing EIA -0.415M Exp -0.173M Prior -0.887M API -0.15M
  • Gasoline EIA +2.770M Exp -2.014M Prior +3.058M API +2.85M
  • Distillate EIA +3.547M Exp +0.524M Prior +1.718M API +4.01M
  • Refinery Utilization +1.3% to 95.2% Exp +0.9%
  • Production UNCH 12,100kbpd (13.10 ATH)
  • SPR release -1.400 million barrels (Lowest Since March 1984)

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

US crude stocks In SPR fell to lowest since October 1984 Another SPR release of 3.6 mm barrels, SPR inventories are down ~ 197.5m bbls YTD

Update: PADD 3 Refinery Utilization

US Crude Oil Quick Look

Oil prices continue to be subject to geopolitical bifurcation dynamics with sudden changes that accompanies the onset of chaos. The unexpected knock-ons continue with imperfect bifurcation with political influence and personal vagaries from world leaders such as Putin, Scholz and Biden in addition to routine crude dynamics.

East Coast diesel and heating oil inventories at fresh 32-year low (only data since 1990). The pricing hub of New York Harbor is virtually dry as oil prices continue to fluctuate with geopolitical elements and demand headwinds such as soaring interest rates, China’s COVID lockdowns, SPR releases consequences deepening all in the price matrix.

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

US petroleum (Crude, SPR, oil products) inventories in million barrels (EIA)

  • US SPR crude inventories fell by 1.4mb w/w to 389.1mb last week
  • Sour unchanged at 207.7mb
  • Sweet -1.4mb to 181.4mb

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.

Cushing Storage Tanks
Cushing Storage Tanks

API Cushing Stocks

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 +768 to 3844
  • Mexico -33 to 495
  • Saudi Arabia +474 to 685
  • Colombia +27 to 170
  • Iraq +244 to 385
  • Ecuador -59 to 42
  • Nigeria -138 to 43
  • Brazil -56 to 251
  • Libya -88 to 2


At 1.782 mb/d (+355 kb/d m/m), Russian crude cargoes are increasingly heading to Asia, with loadings for India assessed at 633 kb/d (+310 kb/d) and direct exports to China at 812 kb/d (+129 kb/d) so far in April

US petroleum exports new record high 11.776mbpd last week (crude 4.948mbpd, products 6.828mbpd) – EIA

US exports of crude and refined products in mbpd (EIA) – Record High ~11.776 million b/d.

US Gasoline Consumers

Input to Refineries


US consumers bought +349.3 million gallons of gasoline per day last week. That is -20.1 mil YoY


US consumers spent $1,234.5 million dollars per day for gasoline last week. That is $-14.2 mil YoY.


US avg retail price for gasoline was $3.534 last week. That is +0.154 YoY.


US East coast diesel inventories 32 Year Lows

New York harbor, we have a problem: US East coast diesel inventories are now at the lowest **absolute** level in at least 32 years (not just seasonal), per EIA data released. The Eastern seaboard is running on diesel fumes via. Javier Blas@JavierBlas

Rig Watch

Baker Hughes Weekly North American Rigs Report

  • US Baker Hughes Rig Count 18-Nov: 782 (prev 779)
  • Rotary Gas Rigs: 157 (prev 155)
  • Rotary Oil Rigs: 623 (prev 622)

US Oil Rigs w/w changes by key shale basins

  • Permian -2 to 345
  • Eagle Ford unchanged at 66 Williston +1 to 42
  • Cana Woodford +1 to 28
  • DJ Niobrara unchanged at 20
US oil rigs and frac spread (Baker Hughes/Primary Vision)
via @staunovo

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

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

Canada Rigs

  • Canada Rotary Drilling Rigs 29 Oct 2022
  • Of those rigs, 29% are drilling for natural gas, 56% are drilling for oil, 3% for other (helium, hydrogen, geothermal, lithium, or potash), and 12% are moving.
  • Drilling activity by province is 72% in Alberta, 19% in Saskatchewan, 7% in BC, and 2% in Manitoba.
  • Precision Drilling holds the majority of the Canadian market share with 30%, Ensign Drilling with 22%, Savanna Drilling with 12%, Horizon Drilling with 6%, and Stampede Drilling with 6%.

International oil rigs ex North America

International oil rigs ex North America +10 m/m to 694 in October (Baker Hughes)

  • Oman +4
  • Argentina +3
  • Mexico +3
  • Angola +2
  • Algeria -3

US Oil Production

US crude production changed benchmark September 14, 2022: This week’s domestic crude oil production estimate incorporates a re-benchmarking that lowered estimated volumes by 212,000 barrels per day, which is about 1.7% of this week’s estimated production total. EIA

US Oil Field Production UNCH kbpd 12.10 mbpd (New Benchmark adj)


OPEC Crude Oil Production

OPEC crude oil production rose 0.6k b/d to 29.64m b/d last month with volatile Libya seeing a 380k b/d jump with KSA (+180) and UAE (+150) adding to the total. Nigeria (-70) and Venz (-160) offset an otherwise strong month that saw Covid-curbs reversed via @Ole_S_Hansen – Bloomberg Survey

Weather Watch

Gulf of Mexico

WTI Crude Oil Futures Technical Analysis

via KnovaWave @KnovaWave

US Crude Oil (WTI)

Daily: WTI Crude Oil still chopping after completing the correction in 3 waves, C at the breakup level broke out of its daily bull flag through tenkan, kijun and 50dma right to the bottom of the cloud such was the impulse. From there it has been held back & needs to break above those descending levels for higher. We are in a completive mode for bulls with this impulse, it’s a question of degree on the topside, use the Murrey math 240/60 grid. From there down in 3 waves, completing a C or IV? Support is previous lows and the bull flag. The bear case is the high was a complete 5.

Weekly: WTI crude Oil futures spat the key 61.8% last month with impulse, having plunged more than 30% off the June highs. It has however been stuck in its sphere of influence since other than a peek this week. WTI completed 3 waves and powered through the tenkan and 50wma, however they both failed to hold the retest. Risk support is the grid. Long term 61.8% target fueled the spit of a spit by ABC bull flag after rebalanced Chikou sated. Resistance Weekly Kijun, cloud and Murrey Math levels and previous breaks (off monthly). Bear case is Wave 5 complete.

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.

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.” Above we have Murrey Math time and price

What we broke…….

Crude Oil in the past quarter built a huge bull flag. We watch if the recent break was false, or we fail. Very clear pattern.

The focus remains 85.61-88.01 a region defined by the 2013 low, the 100% extension of the March decline and the 61.8.% retracement of the November advance. A break below opens up the objective 2020 yearly open and 2018 high at 75.35-76.87. This would become an area of interest for downside exhaustion and price inflection potentially. Initial weekly the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the June decline at 100.21. Broader bearish invalidation now lowered to the June high-week close / 61.8% retracement at 109.16-110

Crude Oil Futures Commitment of Traders

Latest ICE and CFTC Open Interest Data:

CTFC and ICE open interest:

Money managers reduced their net-length in Brent crude oil futures and options by 29,537 contracts to 208,550 in the week ending November 15 via ICE

  • Long-only positions fell by 23,303
  • Short-only positions rose by 6,234
  • other reportables net-length fell by 1,904

Money managers reduced their net-length in #WTI crude oil futures and options by 21,978 contracts to 191,833 in the week ending November 15 via CFTC

  • Long-only positions fell by 15,423
  • Short-only positions rose by 6,555
Aggregated open interest in Brent and WTI in million contracts 11 15 22

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 November 15

COT on Commodities

Specs lowered bullish crude oil bets by a comb. 52k lots to 400k, on a combination of long liquidation (-39k) and fresh short selling (+13k). All three fuel products also sold as the s/t demand outlook showed signs of softening

Money managers in commodities covering the wk to Nov 15 saw speculators make major changes as the US dollar and yields dropped and recession risks rose. Crude oil soybeans corn and cattle sold with buying concentrated in gold copper sugar and cococa via Ole S Hansen @Ole_S_Hansen


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)


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Energy Earnings Highlights for Q3 2022

Energy earning season saw increased production and earnings with improved North American and international markets for drilling, completion, and production. In Q3 we saw big oil reporting bumper third quarter profits as the US heads into Midterm elections.  We now have had US Majors Oil giant Exxon Mobil posted a record profit, Chevron also posted a near record profit and Refiner Phillips 66 booked $5.4 billion in gains compared with $402 million during the same period last year. European majors, Shell, Europe’s largest oil company reported profits of $9.45 billion and British oil major BP PLC reported $8.2bn in earnings.

Key EIA and CME Dates for WTI Crude Oil

Key EIA and CME Dates For WTI Crude Oil

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