Around The Barrel – US Refinery Utilization Highest Since Pandemic at 85.4%

WTI Oil Futures rose after EIA reported a build in crude of just 90kbbl (including a -722kbbl build at Cushing and a draw of 5.1mbbl in PADD3 (GulfCoast)).  Gasoline stocks rose +92kbbl and Utilization rose 0.4% at 85.4%, highest since Pandemic began. Production fell to 10,900 kbpd.

WTI Oil Futures rose after EIA reported a build in crude of just 90kbbl (including a -722kbbl build at Cushing and a draw of 5.1mbbl in PADD3 (GulfCoast)).  Gasoline stocks rose +92kbbl and Utilization rose 0.4% at 85.4%, highest since Pandemic began. Production fell to 10,900 kbpd.

Cushing Storage Tanks

Crude Oil Tanks at Cushing OK, Basis For the WTI Futures Contract.

DOE Weekly Petroleum Status Report: 4/21/21

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  • Release Time: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. (ET)
EIAExpectedPrior EIAAPI





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

  • Refinery Utilization +0.40% to 85.4% Exp  +.3%
  • Production -100kbpd to 10,900 kbpd (13.10 ATH)

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

US Crude Oil Quick Look


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via Ole S Hansen @Ole_S_Hansen

Weather Watch

Gulf of Mexico

API Crude Inventories

United States API Crude Oil Stock Change

API Cushing Stocks

United States API Cushing Number

WTI Crude Oil Futures Weekly Chart Outlook via @KnovaWave

WTI  broke out higher from the congested pennant fueld by the tenkan and 50dma grouping at the cloud top. We have completed a corrective 3 wave structure it is now a question of degree, that is an (a) of a 4 or (iv) of a 3. We are now able to retest min targets after CL broke the topside of the channel it had been in since September. In any break, the key is crowd behavior to help tell the story which in energy is often around often geopolitics. We watch ABC corrections and from here we get the energy from the break being balanced. This week that was powered by the Tenkan Spit of a spit. Support  is the Tenkan, old channel & prev high confluence. Watch Kijun & 50 dma.. Resistance MM and previous lows.

WTI D 4 23 2021

WTI reumed the uptrend higher after it rebalanced chikou indicative of extreme crowd behavior reverseing at 7/8 after the series of fractals at last Dec wave 1 turn after we had completed 5 waves as marked, from here we watched 3 & 5 waves develop. Price popped after the 50wma (green) was by touched Kijun above in a kiss of life. Given that we had tremendous energy which bore out in the highs last seen 2019.

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 W 4 23 2021

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Crude Oil Futures Committment of Traders

Latest ICE and CFTC Open Interest Data:

CTFC and ICE open interest: via Ole S Hansen @Ole_S_Hansen

COT on commodities in wk to April 20 saw money managers respond to a weaker $USD, lower real yields and weather worries by increasing bullish bets in 24 futures contracts by 6% to 2.4m lots, a 5-wk high and biggest weekly addition since last October.




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 

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The Fundamental Angle with Brynne Kelly ‏@BrynneKKelly





DigStic Data @DigStic

Dec 11 2019 – Two Top Tens this week. One a draw in Cushing, the other a build in Total Products.



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Cushing Oil Stocks


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US Oil Import Export





US Gasoline Consumers

Input to Refineries


US consumers bought 372.80 million gallons of gasoline per day last week. That is +149.70 mil YoY


US consumers spent $1,070.80 million dollars per day for gasoline last week. That is +666.60 mil YoY.


US avg retail price for gasoline was $2.872 last week. That is +1.09 cents YoY



US Crude Oil Production

 US Oil Field Production -100 kpd to 10.90 mbpd Off ATH 13.10mpd  



Forecast Oil Production Matrix – HFI Research

Implied US oil production from this EIA report is 11 mb/d and headed for 10 mb/d. via @HFI_Research


   ** Note with the unreliability of the API numbers highlighted by its constant debacles we offer you the bare bones of that report.

US Crude Oil Prices and Recessions


Via John Kemp @JKempEnergy 

Key EIA and CME Dates For WTI Crude Oil

CME Crude Oil Futures Calendar

CME Crude Oil Options Calendar


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