Blue Lacy Advisors, LLC - December Crude Oil Market Commentary
Minneapolis, MN | December 13, 2022 | By: Steve Sinos, Blue Lacy Advisors, LLC
Crude oil calendar spreads softened further over the last week, with the front three months of WTI trading slightly in contango (upward sloping). WTI has, at times, seen its front half trade in contango, with peak quarterly forward premiums reaching 25 cents on the close earlier in the week. In line with this softer curve, European crude oil inventories appear to be rising. Having been steady for months, accelerated imports during October and November have pushed European onshore stocks up by >20mm bbls, above the 500mm bbls mark. This contrasts with recent changes in US inventories. A combined 28mm bbls were taken from the US Strategic Petrolem Reserve and commercial stocks during November, according to the EIA’s weekly reports. However, much of the US’s supply has been committed to exports. The most recent EIA weekly showed nearly 5mm bpd of crude oil exports from the US, just shy of the 5.2mm bpd record weekly estimate from earlier in the year.
*This summary is based off December 4, 2022
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