Posts Tagged ‘NYMEX’

Low volatility is translating into less liquid energy commodity markets

There has been considerable discussion of late about the lack of volatility in some key trading markets, and the impact that is having on trading groups, their profitability, and thus their interest in remaining engaged in certain markets.

The argument has been that low or relatively flat prices have driven some key trading firms — a fair number of which are big banks — from a number of commodity markets, including energy commodities. Some believe the liquidity of some of these markets has taken a hit as counterparties have left, both because of reduced profitability but also as a result of regulatory pressures.

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Platts Crude Oil-Americas conference: loans, numbers and a possible XL-less world

A few notes from day one of the Platts Crude Oil Markets-Americas conference in Houston.

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The iceman cometh again: winter isn’t over for US natural gas markets

After the wallop of the polar vortex earlier this month that sent US gas demand and US Northeast gas prices soaring to all-time highs, one would think that the worst is over, no?

That would be a negative.

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EIA analysis: US, Cushing crude stocks rise as refiners cut runs

Total US crude stocks — including stocks at the NYMEX crude delivery point of Cushing, Oklahoma — climbed last week, as refiners continued to cut runs. Refiners tend to reduce runs this time of year as they undergo maintenance, pulling down demand for crude. As a result of the lower runs, inventories for both distillate and gasoline fell last week. You can read our analysis of the numbers here.

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Thanks Russia (and diplomacy), for lowering gasoline prices at US retail pumps

US gasoline prices soared at the end of August, pushing to well over $3.10/gal in the futures market and more than $3.64/gal at the pump, as the US appeared poised to strike Syria. But a bid by Russian President Vladimir Putin to take custody of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons has taken the heat off of oil futures as well as prices at the pump.

The intensity surrounding Syria and implications that a military strike could spill over to other, larger oil-producing countries, added a premium of risk to oil prices, which also translated to higher retail gasoline prices.

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EIA analysis: US crude inventories fall for third week in a row

US crude inventories fell 7 million barrels last week, as an increase in refinery runs trumped a rise in crude imports, data released by the US Energy Information Administration showed. US crude stocks have fallen roughly 27 million barrels over the past 3 weeks, although NYMEX crude futures were only slightly bullish Wednesday. Bearish for NYMEX RBOB futures, however, was a 3.06 million barrel build in US gasoline stocks. You can see Platts’ analysis of the numbers here.

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EIA analysis: US crude stocks plummet nearly 10 million barrels

US crude stocks fell 9.87 million barrels last week to 373.92 million barrels, the second large draw in two weeks, data released by the US Energy Information Administration showed Wednesday. Especially bullish for NYMEX crude futures was a draw at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery point of 2.69 million barrels. NYMEX crude futures rallied $2.99/barrel on the data, settling at $106.52/b. You can see Platts’ analysis of the numbers here.

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WTI surge outpaces the rest of the oil complex

What if WTI is now a broken benchmark because it’s too high relative to the rest of the world?

What is striking about the widely discussed “rise in oil prices” recently has been the fact that over the last few months, it’s essentially been a rise in one oil price: the one that trades in Cushing. It’s the one that not long ago was lagging the rest of the global oil complex by so much that companies, including airlines, abandoned it as a benchmark.

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EIA analysis: US crude inventories plunge 10.35 million barrels

US refiners increased crude runs last week, while crude imports tumbled, leading to a 10.35 million barrel draw in inventories, US Energy Information Administration data showed Wednesday. The stock draw was supportive for NYMEX crude futures, while refined product inventories also fell, supporting RBOB and ULSD futures. You can see Platts’ analysis of the numbers here.

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New Frontiers: NYMEX deals with the oil market’s changing blends

As The Barrel blog discussed last week, the mix of crudes in the US is changing, and there’s a lot of blending going on. That is creating some problems for the world’s busiest oil contract, the light sweet crude AKA WTI contract at the NYMEX. Bridget Hunsucker, in this week’s New Frontiers column in Oilgram News, discusses the issue.

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