July 31, 2019

The Markets Continue To Watch Crude Oil Closely

The weekly crude oil supply reports were released as usual at 9:30 am Central time this morning. The crude oil markets have been closely watched as the commodity flirts again with the recent highs around $61 per barrel. Here is the report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 17.0 million barrels per day during the week ending July 26, 2019, which was 43,000 barrels per day less than the previous week’s average. Refineries operated at 93.0% of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production increased last week, averaging 10.4 million barrels per day. Distillate fuel production decreased last week, averaging 5.2 million barrels per day. U.S. crude oil imports averaged 6.7 million barrels per day last week, down by 365,000 barrels per day from the previous week. Over the past four weeks, crude oil imports averaged about 7.0 million barrels per day, 13.1% less than the same four-week period last year. Total motor gasoline imports (including both finished gasoline and gasoline blending components) last week averaged 1,117,000 barrels per day, and distillate fuel imports averaged 103,000 barrels per day. U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) decreased by 8.5 million barrels from the previous week. At 436.5 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are at the five year average for this time of year. Total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 1.8 million barrels last week and are about 2% above the five year average for this time of year. Finished gasoline inventories increased while blending components inventories decreased last week. Distillate fuel inventories decreased by 0.9 million barrels last week and are about 3% below the five year average for this time of year. Propane/propylene inventories increased by 1.4 million barrels last week and are about 6% above the five year average for this time of year. Total commercial petroleum inventories decreased last week by 10.1 million barrels last week. Total products supplied over the last four-week period averaged 21.1 million barrels per day, up by 1.2% from the same period last year. Over the past four weeks, motor gasoline product supplied averaged 9.6 million barrels per day, down by 1.3% from the same period last year. Distillate fuel product supplied averaged 3.8 million barrels per day over the past four weeks, down by 2.9% from the same period last year. Jet fuel product supplied was up 3.3% compared with the same four-week period last year.

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Mike Shorr

Since 1994, Michael has been an on-the-floor market maker, Vice-President of Interest Rate Derivatives for Knight Financial Products and Director of Education and Options Instructor at Trading Advantage. He makes the oftentimes complex world of options and trading accessible to the novice and advanced trader alike. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and Finance from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. He presently is Director, Trader Education at ProsperTradingAcademy.

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