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Started by bear - Sept. 3, 2022, 5:33 p.m.


head and shoulders can take us down to 60 in the new year.  this should coincide with a continued recession. 

the inverted yield curve tells us we should contract within the next year.  

anybody short here?  

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By 12345 - Sept. 5, 2022, 4:44 a.m.
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By Richard - Sept. 5, 2022, 7:25 a.m.
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Have no idea what your looking at but oil is going vertical. every single time I have been looking at quote since it opened sunday night oil is higher. Think the bottom is in and we will see 100plus soon enough.

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By Richard - Sept. 14, 2022, 9:28 p.m.
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Biden came out and said that he would fill the SPR if oil went below $80 and then an hour later Saudi came out and said if Brent went below $90 they would cut production. I guess Goldman Is long oil and wants a back stop against there long position so $60 Oil is a NO! 

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By metmike - Sept. 15, 2022, 2:13 p.m.
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Great topic, especially with Bidens horrible policy of  draining down the SPR for entirely political reasons.

I'll try to have some fundamentals with a more comprehensive look at the liquid energy markets later today.

Biden Drains the Strategic Petroleum Reserve


Draining Americas Oil Reserves

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By metmike - Sept. 15, 2022, 4:19 p.m.
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Oil Falls With Global Demand Concerns Coming to the Fore


West Texas Intermediate futures dropped 3.8% to settle at $85.10 a barrel. The DOE said its plan to replenish the nation’s emergency oil supply doesn’t include a trigger price and isn’t likely to occur until after fiscal 2023. Earlier this week prices rallied after Bloomberg News reported that administration officials have discussed refilling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve should crude dip below $80, suggesting a potential floor for prices.

“The White House sending mixed messages on the strategic reserve has pushed this market up and down,” said Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at Price Futures Group. “They’re putting out some trial balloons to see how their buying is going to impact prices.”

Meanwhile, China is considering exporting more fuel, a move designed to boost the economy but which also raises questions about how much domestic consumption is falling amid Covid-19 lockdowns. The news comes after the International Energy Agency said Wednesday the country will see its biggest drop in demand for oil in more than three decades.

Oil is on course for the first quarterly loss in more than two years as central banks including the Federal Reserve tighten monetary policy to tame inflation, hurting the outlook for energy consumption. The retreat has erased all the gains seen in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with prices earlier this month hitting the lowest since January.

By metmike - Sept. 15, 2022, 4:21 p.m.
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Weekly US ending stocks of crude oil. 

Stocks are NOT  low! Stocks still higher than at any time prior to 2015!



       Weekly ending stocks for unleaded gasoline. 

Stocks are NOT historically low, although they're less than the 5 year average.



          Weekly US ending stocks for distillate fuel oil(heating oil-especially used in the Northeast).  

This is the fuel with the lowest stocks right now by a wide margin and the Northeast could face severe shortages and price volatility this Winter from bad decisions by refiners.

For this time of year, early September, heating oil stocks were slightly lower than this just 3 times using EIA records. In 2000, 1996 and 1985. In 2022, we are  just barely above the record lows for this week in September.

What must have happened is the refineries that use crude to make RB and HO( RB does NOT have low stocks) are churning out much more RB and are NOT restocking the HO like they always do every year...... leaving the heating oil market vulnerable  this upcoming heating season. This smells like politics.



Weekly ending stocks for the SPR(Strategic Petroleum Reserve)

Lowest stocks since 1985!


By metmike - Sept. 16, 2022, 11:37 a.m.
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Latest gasoline prices on 9-16-22. Huge drop in recent months! -$1.30 ($5.00 to $3.70) since the peak in June. 


By metmike - Sept. 16, 2022, 11:41 a.m.
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U.S. Crude Oil Inventories


Latest Release Sep 14, 2022 

 Actual 2.442M  Forecast 0.833M   Previous  8.844M                 

Release DateTimeActualForecastPrevious
Sep 21, 2022 10:30 0.833M2.442M
Sep 14, 2022 10:302.442M0.833M8.844M
Sep 08, 2022 11:008.844M-0.250M-3.326M
Aug 31, 2022 10:30-3.326M-1.483M-3.282M
Aug 24, 2022 10:30-3.282M-0.933M-7.056M
Aug 17, 2022 10:30-7.056M-0.275M5.458M
Aug 10, 2022 10:305.458M0.073M4.467M
Aug 03, 2022 10:304.467M-0.629M-4.523M
Jul 27, 2022 10:30-4.523M-1.037M-0.446M
Jul 20, 2022 10:30-0.446M1.357M3.254M
Jul 13, 2022 10:303.254M-0.154M8.235M
Jul 07, 2022 11:008.235M-1.043M-2.762M
Jun 29, 2022 10:30-2.762M-0.569M-0.386M
Jun 29, 2022 10:25-0.386M 1.956M
Jun 15, 2022 10:301.956M-1.314M2.025M
Jun 08, 2022 10:302.025M-1.917M-5.068M
Jun 02, 2022 11:00-5.068M-1.350M-1.019M
May 25, 2022 10:30-1.019M-0.737M-3.394M
May 18, 2022 10:30-3.394M1.383M8.487M
May 11, 2022 10:308.487M-0.457M1.302M
May 04, 2022 10:301.302M-0.829M0.692M
Apr 27, 2022 10:300.692M2.000M-8.020M
Apr 20, 2022 10:30-8.020M2.471M9.382M
Apr 13, 2022 10:309.382M0.863M2.421M
Apr 06, 2022 10:302.421M-2.056M-3.449M
Mar 30, 2022 10:30-3.449M-1.022M-2.508M
Mar 23, 2022 10:30-2.508M0.114M4.345M
Mar 16, 2022 10:304.345M-1.375M-1.863M
Mar 09, 2022 11:30-1.863M-0.657M-2.597M
Mar 02, 2022 11:30-2.597M2.748M4.515M
Feb 24, 2022 12:004.515M0.442M1.121M
Feb 16, 2022 11:301.121M-1.572M-4.756M
Feb 09, 2022 11:30-4.756M0.369M-1.046M
Feb 02, 2022 11:30-1.046M1.525M2.377M
Jan 26, 2022 11:302.377M-0.728M0.515M
Jan 20, 2022 12:000.515M-0.938M-4.553M
Re: oil
By metmike - Sept. 16, 2022, noon
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Fund position in crude.....liquidating/covering their massive long position by selling.

Their peak long was +700,000 contracts in early 2018.

Latest is down to +214,000 contracts last week. 

Steady selling the last year from +500K down to the latest +214K

CFTC Crude Oil speculative net positions

Latest Release Sep 09, 2022 

  Actual 214.5K   Previous 229.2K



Release DateTimeActualForecastPrevious
Sep 16, 2022 15:30  214.5K
Sep 09, 2022 15:30214.5K 229.2K
Sep 02, 2022 15:30229.2K 246.2K
Aug 26, 2022 15:30246.2K 214.9K
Aug 19, 2022 15:30214.9K 210.7K
Aug 12, 2022 15:30210.7K 253.8K
Aug 05, 2022 15:30253.8K 259.3K
Jul 29, 2022 15:30259.3K 271.1K
Jul 22, 2022 15:30271.1K 268.3K
Jul 15, 2022 15:30268.3K 280.5K
Jul 08, 2022 15:30280.5K 299.7K
Jul 01, 2022 15:30299.7K 289.5K
Jun 24, 2022 15:30289.5K 302.9K
Jun 17, 2022 15:30302.9K 328.3K
Jun 10, 2022 15:30328.3K 333.0K
Jun 03, 2022 15:30333.0K 334.8K
May 27, 2022 15:30334.8K 325.6K
May 20, 2022 15:30325.6K 310.8K
May 13, 2022 15:30310.8K 321.7K
May 06, 2022 15:30321.7K 316.1K
Apr 29, 2022 15:30316.1K 307.7K
Apr 22, 2022 15:30307.7K 304.8K
Apr 15, 2022 15:30304.8K 308.6K
Apr 08, 2022 15:30308.6K 318.7K
Apr 01, 2022 15:30318.7K 340.0K
Mar 25, 2022 15:30340.0K 341.8K
Mar 18, 2022 15:30341.8K 361.7K
Mar 11, 2022 16:30361.7K 368.7K
Mar 04, 2022 16:30368.7K 339.0K
Feb 25, 2022 16:30339.0K 348.1K
Feb 18, 2022 16:30348.1K 363.4K
Feb 11, 2022 16:30363.4K 368.9K
Feb 04, 2022 16:30368.9K 373.4K
Jan 28, 2022 16:30373.4K 385.8K
Jan 21, 2022 16:30385.8K 360.5K
Jan 14, 2022 16:30360.5K 332.8K
Jan 07, 2022 16:30332.8K 338.4K
Jan 03, 2022 16:30338.4K 340.3K
Dec 27, 2021 16:30340.3K 347.1K
Dec 17, 2021 16:30347.1K 367.2K
Dec 10, 2021 16:30367.2K 387.2K
Dec 03, 2021 16:30387.2K 407.7K
Nov 29, 2021 16:30407.7K 415.8K
Nov 19, 2021 16:30415.8K 421.3K
Nov 15, 2021 15:30421.3K 419.3K
Nov 05, 2021 15:30419.3K 423.7K
Oct 29, 2021 15:30423.7K 429.6K
Oct 22, 2021 15:30429.6K 404.8K
Oct 15, 2021 15:30404.8K 398.3K
Oct 08, 2021 15:30398.3K 373.8K
Oct 01, 2021 15:30373.8K 356.0K
Sep 24, 2021 15:30356.0K 355.1K
Sep 17, 2021 15:30355.1K 349.2K
Sep 10, 2021 15:30349.2K 356.5K
Sep 03, 2021 15:30356.5K 374.3K
Aug 27, 2021 15:30374.3K 404.3K
Aug 20, 2021 15:30404.3K 400.4K
Aug 13, 2021 15:30400.4K 430.5K
Aug 06, 2021 15:30430.5K 449.8K
Jul 30, 2021 15:30449.8K 448.7K
Jul 23, 2021 15:30448.7K 499.1K
Jul 16, 2021 15:30499.1K 497.4K
Jul 09, 2021 15:30497.4K 522.5K
Jul 02, 2021 15:30522.5K 526.2K
Jun 25, 2021 15:30526.2K 510.5K
Jun 11, 2021 15:30510.5K 491.3K



Re: Re: oil
By metmike - Sept. 17, 2022, 11:30 a.m.
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Crude 1 year chart below

Double top around $120 area(Mar-June). Testing support from last November just above $80 area.

Crude, almost 10 years below.

Prices broke out from the down trending line defined by the highs in 2008, lower highs in 2011 and wimpy lower highs/bounce in 2018. This upside break out is the current long term trend!

We can see the COVID spike lower in the Spring of 2020.

Crude, 35+  years below.

Tight range for crude until the upside break out above $40 in 2004!

$40 was tested in Jan. 2009 with a spike lower because of the great recession, then a spike lower in Feb.  2016. Then the fluke, COVID spike lower in 2020.

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By metmike - Sept. 17, 2022, 11:36 a.m.
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As you can see, crude oil is has NOT been following the seasonal since we topped in June!

Rohöl saisonal

By metmike - Sept. 17, 2022, 11:49 a.m.
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Historic, Crude oil thread here with us posting live as crude crashed below $0!

                US crude tumbles to 18-year low            

                            50 responses |              

                Started by metmike - April 17, 2020, 12:43 p.m.       


By metmike - Sept. 20, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
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HO +6c, while RB and CL are lower.

exactly for the reason mentioned above on the stocks/inventory page, regarding refining crude to make gas at the expense of heating oil……which now has extremely low stocks for this time of year as we approach Winter.


By metmike - Sept. 21, 2022, 12:27 a.m.
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Oil and petroleum products explained Refining crude oil



Petroleum products produced from one 42-gallon barrel of oil input at U.S. refineries, 2021
Finished motor gasoline20.08
Distillate fuel oil12.47
Kerosene-type jet fuel3.53
Petroleum coke2.06
Still gas 1.72
Hydrocarbon gas liquids1.68
Asphalt and road oil0.92
Residual fuel oil0.59
Naptha for feedstocks0.46
Other oils for feedstocks0.25
Miscellaneous products0.21
Special napthas0.08
Finished aviation gasoline0.04
Waxes< 0.01
Processing gain2.60
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Annual, August 2022
By metmike - Sept. 21, 2022, 12:28 a.m.
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                        From crude oil to chemicals: How refineries can adapt to shifting demand         



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By metmike - Sept. 21, 2022, 12:30 a.m.
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Life without petroleum based products:6,000 products made with petroleum.  Killing Coal. Fossil fuels and fertilizer. Biden praises high gasoline prices.

By metmike - Sept. 21, 2022, 12:37 a.m.
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Gulf of Mexico Oil & Gas Lease Sale Update…


Guest “Give ’em Hell” by David Middleton


As I have written many times before, the US government is legally obligated to hold annual auctions for oil & gas leases in Gulf of Mexico and under other Federal lands and waters.  Thus far, the Biden maladministration has utterly flouted the law, holding only one Gulf of Mexico lease sale in November 2021 (Sale 257), to avoid contempt of court charges against the Secretary of the Interior.  This lease sale was unlawfully voided by a corrupt Obama judge.  Some of this damage was undone by Joe Manchin’s Inflation Increasing Act.  The legislation ordered the Department of the Interior to immediately honor the results of Lease Sale 257, hold additional lease sales and to implement a new Five Year Leasing Program for 2023-2028, which they were legally required to complete by June 30, 2022.


Last week, the Interior Department awarded leases to most of the high bidders in Lease Sale 257.  Hopefully, they will continue to obey this part of the law by approving exploration and drilling plans in a timely manner.  They have not announced plans to hold any further lease sales under they existing Five Year Leasing Program.  However, they have issued a draft for a new program, which includes an option to hold no lease sales.   They have opened the plan to public comment.  I have no doubt that the Biden maladministration is banking on getting thousands of comments demanding that no more offshore lease sales be held… because… climate change… And then kowtowing to the Climatariat.


The National Offshore Industries Association (NOIA) is encouraging sane Americans to submit comments, supportive of continued offshore oil & gas leasing.

Having your workers lend their voice in support of the Gulf of Mexico and offshore oil and gas leasing will go a long way in supporting reasonable and regular lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico.

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By metmike - Oct. 5, 2022, 10:32 p.m.
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The HO/RB spread really popped earlier today +20c because of the colder weather in the forecast in the Northeast and MidAtlantic where they us heating oil in the cold season to heat homes.

8 to 14 Day Outlook - Temperature Probability

By metmike - Oct. 5, 2022, 10:35 p.m.
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OPEC will cut production by 2 million barrels a day, likely sending gas and oil prices back up

The decision comes after gas prices spiked in the U.S. in the summer and have trended downward in recent weeks. 


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By metmike - Oct. 5, 2022, 10:37 p.m.
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U.S. Crude Oil Inventories


Latest Release Oct 05, 2022  Actual-1.356M   Forecast2.052M  Previous-0.215M

Release DateTimeActualForecastPrevious
Oct 05, 2022 10:30-1.356M2.052M-0.215M
Sep 28, 2022 10:30-0.215M0.443M1.142M
Sep 21, 2022 10:301.142M2.161M2.442M
Sep 14, 2022 10:302.442M0.833M8.844M
Sep 08, 2022 11:008.844M-0.250M-3.326M
Aug 31, 2022 10:30-3.326M-1.483M-3.282M
By metmike - Oct. 5, 2022, 10:53 p.m.
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U.S. crude and fuel stockpiles down last week - EIA


Crude dropped a bit vs expectations to build +2 MB

RB dropped almost a whopping -5 MB the huge deal was

HO dropped by over 3 MB to the lowest in history for the end of September, just a tad less than 1996, which previously had the lower HO supplies at this time of year.

HO stocks are below 111 MB.  They better get going in refining crude to make more heating oil or the East Coast which is already  going to get hit with extremely high prices and could run pretty low in the event of a cold Winter.

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By Richard - Oct. 7, 2022, 11:15 a.m.
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I think the verdict is out and $60 is not going to happen. It did go down more after I posted it would not, but it also came back and more. All is good. I've been wrong a zillion times,  but oil is bullish. -:))  

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By metmike - Oct. 7, 2022, 1:26 p.m.
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Thanks Richard!

Heating oil is up another 17c today, with the lowest stocks in history(failing to refine crude into heating oil this year caused this), cold weather coming up for the Northeast and the looming OPEC cut. 




Just to remind you, the amount of heating oil in storage right now is the lowest in history for the end of September, just a tad lower than 1996 at this time. This is  going into the Winter. The Northeast uses most of the heating oil in the United States. 

This is extremely poor planning which WILL cause people in the Northeast to pay very high residential heating prices this Winter and potentially lead to shortages if we have a cold Winter.

This is just another example of the clueless counterproductive energy policies we've had in this country over the past 2 years. I'll spare you from my typical rant related to the fake climate crisis and focus on energy market trading. 

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By metmike - Oct. 7, 2022, 1:48 p.m.
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The HO/RB spread right now (heating oil/unleaded) is $1.27, with front month HO over $4 again.

This spread was already very high and has gained at least 30c just since Wednesday.

I don't have the records but this has got to be the most extreme this spread was ever at.

Here more on the market dynamics.

Short-Term Energy Outlook


            Release Date: Sept. 7, 2022 |             Forecast Completed: Sept. 1, 2022 |             Next Release Date: Oct. 12, 2022 | 


By metmike - Oct. 7, 2022, 2:15 p.m.
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Operable refinery capacity has been dropping. Even with more crude, if we can't refine it fast enough, it doesn't make it to consumers!