Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc Attract Flight To Safety Bids on Virus Fears

The Japanese yen and the Swiss franc received safe haven bids on Friday as the global markets panicked on news of the Covid Omicron variant. In a thin market it also gave traders an opportunity to book profits after an extended rally in the US dollar. On the flip side commodity beneficiaries and the growth sensitive Australian dollar and Norwegian krone sold off. Moves weren’t just against the dollar. Whilst the euro rose 0.97 percent to a high of US$1.1312, … Continue reading “Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc Attract Flight To Safety Bids on Virus Fears”

U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve Quick Facts

The American Strategic Petroleum Reserve is a U.S. Government complex of four sites with deep underground storage caverns created in salt domes along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts.  The SPR is back in focus after the U.S. Department of Energy announced it will release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower oil prices. There are four SPR sites in the United States of America  Crude Oil Storage by Site  (as of August 30, 2021) Bryan Mound – … Continue reading “U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve Quick Facts”

Supramax Shipping Index For Smaller Vessels Rose To Highest in Nearly Three Weeks

Higher demand across all vessel segments saw the Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index extend it’s gains to 2,767 on Friday, its highest since November 12th. Among smaller vessels, the Supramax index added 32 points, or 1.4%, to its highest in nearly three weeks at 2,316. Despite recent volatility in vessel rates, dry bulk spot rates are expected to stabilize in November-December before a “seasonally soft” first quarter of 2022, shipbroker Jefferies said in a weekly note. The Baltic … Continue reading “Supramax Shipping Index For Smaller Vessels Rose To Highest in Nearly Three Weeks”

Into The Vortex – EIA Reports First Withdrawal of Season in Natural Gas Storage

Natural gas storage had it’s first withdrawal of the season. Last week EIA reported a draw of -21Bcf of working gas in storage. U.S. LNG exports of LNG continue to grow with weather pressures continuing globally EIA’s Weekly Gas Storage Report. Report Date: 11/10/2021 Via TradersCommunity.com Release Time: Thursday 11/18/2021 10:30 a.m. ET Market Expectations Actual  -21 Bcf Prior +26 Bcf Consensus Forecast -21  Bcf Cons. Range: -31 to -12 Bcf Last Year: -11 Bcf 5 Year Average: -44 Bcf  … Continue reading “Into The Vortex – EIA Reports First Withdrawal of Season in Natural Gas Storage”

Around The Barrel – Crude Oil Builds With Exports Down & Imports Higher

WTI Oil futures bounced following the US Released SPR ahead of EIA reporting a crude build +1017Kbbl (incl +787kbbl build at Cushing). Crude storage near lows seen in 2018. Gasoline stocks drew -603kbbl,  Utilization rose +0.7% to 88.4%. Production fell to +100k to 11,500 kbpd. DOE Weekly Petroleum Status Report via TradersCommunity.com Report Date 11/17/21 Release Time: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. (ET) Note in bbls *exp = Reuters poll est  adjusted for API shift, except Cushing   EIA … Continue reading “Around The Barrel – Crude Oil Builds With Exports Down & Imports Higher”

US New Home Sales Miss Forecasts in October, Revised Lower in September

US new home sales for October were 745K vs 800K estimate. The prior month of 800K was revised sharply lower to 742K) However, the median sales price increased to $407,700 in October, the highest on record.  That was the largest increase in the median sales price on record as it increased to $407,700 in October. October US New Home Sales US October new home sales 745K vs 800K expected Prior 800K (revised to 742K) On a year-over-year basis, new home sales … Continue reading “US New Home Sales Miss Forecasts in October, Revised Lower in September”

US Durable Goods Fell Again In October With Slumping Aircraft Orders

US durable goods orders fell 0.5 percent in October, following after a 0.4 percent decrease in September. Transportation equipment (-2.6 percent), specifically nondefense aircraft and parts (-14.5 percent) and defense aircraft and parts (-21.8 percent).   Total durable goods orders rose 1.8% month-over-month in August (consensus +0.6%). October Durable Goods Orders Highlights US Durable Goods Orders Oct P: -0.5% (est 0.2%; prev -0.3%; prevR -0.4%) US Durables Ex-Transportation Oct P: 0.5% (est 0.5%; prev 0.5%; prevR 0.7) Orders declined for … Continue reading “US Durable Goods Fell Again In October With Slumping Aircraft Orders”

US Initial Jobless Claims Hit Lowest Since 1969

Initial jobless claims continue to fall. Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level of initial claims since November 15, 1969. The labor market continues to recover from the coronavirus economic burdens. Initial claims by 71,000 to 199,000 in the week ended November 20th. Demand for workers remains strong as the economy rebounds. US initial jobless claims and continuing claims for current week Initial jobless claims 20 Nov 199K vs 265K estimate. Prior week 268k revised to 270k … Continue reading “US Initial Jobless Claims Hit Lowest Since 1969”

US Weekly IPO and SPAC Monitor : Just One IPO in Thanksgiving Week

During Thanksgiving week we have just one IPO due. Canadian gold exploration company Holdover Austin Gold (AUST).  Be aware there is still a chance that a handful of SPACs will price during the week. Holdover Austin Gold (AUST) Plans to raise $15 million at a $64 million market cap. This Canadian gold exploration company currently has interests in four properties located in the state of Nevada, with just one property that it considers material at this time. Austin Gold has not generated … Continue reading “US Weekly IPO and SPAC Monitor : Just One IPO in Thanksgiving Week”

Baltic Exchange’s Dry Bulk Sea Freight Index Recovers Off Five Month Low As Chinese Steel Futures Prices Jump

The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index extended it’s gains to third straight winning session Monday. The BDI rose 3.6% to 2,645 its highest since November 15th. On June 17th the index was at 2,426. Despite recent volatility in vessel rates, dry bulk spot rates are expected to stabilize in November-December before a “seasonally soft” first quarter of 2022, shipbroker Jefferies said in a weekly note. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) is a composite of the dry bulk timecharter … Continue reading “Baltic Exchange’s Dry Bulk Sea Freight Index Recovers Off Five Month Low As Chinese Steel Futures Prices Jump”