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EIA reported a smaller than expected draw in crude oil with builds in gasoline and a build in Cushing inventories last week. Production stayed at 11.6 mbpd. Crude oil futures volatilty continued with large fund blowouts after the OPEC meeting with Trade War concerns.

Cushing Storage Tanks

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

DOE Weekly Petroleum Status Report: 12/12/18

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  • Release Time: Wednesday 19 December 2018 - 10:30 ET 
EIA Expected Prior EIA Prior API
Crude -497k  -2400k -1208k  +3452k
 Cushing +1091k  +1160k +1148k +1063k


+1200k +2087k +1767k
Distillate -4237k


-1475k -3442k

Note in bbls *exp = Reuters poll est except Cushing  

  • Refinery Utilization  Prior +0.3% at 95.4% Exp +0.3%
  • Production UNCH at 11.60kbd ATH 11.70k (+20% y/y)

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

US Crude Oil Prices and Recessions


Via John Kemp @JKempEnergy 



WTI Crude Oil Futures Weekly Chart Outlook via @KnovaWave

MW WTI D 12 14 18

MW WTI W 12 14 18

DigStic Range Data @DigStic - Where are the key option, break points?

WTI Crude Oil Futures Committment of Traders



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 

The Fundamental Angle with Brynne Kelly ‏@BrynneKKelly


DigStic Data @DigStic


RonH Data ‏@Ronh999

US Oil Exports New 2018 (ATH) high.

US Oil Imports Week Over Week 

US Oil Input Into Refineries Per Day 

US consumers spent $919.7 billion per day for gasoline last week. That is -$50.2 million more dollars per day than same week last year.  

US gasoline avg retail price was $2.369 per gallon, -8.1 cents less per gallon YoY.  

US consumers bought 388.21 million gallons of gasoline per day last week.

US Oil Field Production Just off ATH of 11.6 mbpd

US Oil Refinery Utilization 

 Cushing Oil Stocks

NB: Check out Ron's great work at Ron H Public Tableau Link

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

Key EIA and CME Dates For WTI Crude Oil

CME Crude Oil Futures Calendar

CME Crude Oil Options Calendar


Further Crude Oil Analysis Criterion Research

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