Market Report & Analysis for 4/6/2018 Afternoon Edition
Afternoon Market Overview
This week’s EIA report was overall bullish based on total combined crude oil and refined product inventories declining for the week. Total combined stocks are now 174.3 million bbls below the record high hit at the end of the first week of February of 2017. The EIA reported a draw in crude oil and gasoline with a build in distillate fuel stocks. Total US crude oil production increased after increasing during the previous week.
Total US production is well above the average annual high hit in 1970 and above the average monthly record high hit in October of 1970 of 10.013 million bpd. Total US crude oil stocks decreased after increasing during the previous week even as refinery run rates increased with crude oil imports increasing. Total commercial stocks of crude oil and refined products were lower by 3.9 million bbls after declining during the previous week.
The year over year deficit came in at 151.8 million barrels while the surplus versus the five- year average for the same week came in at 2.7 million barrels. Total combined stocks of crude and refined products have been decreasing for the last few months and are now 174.3 million bbls off their record high level.
Total crude oil inventories decreased as total crude oil exports increased strongly while imports decreased modestly. Total crude stocks decreased by 4.6 million barrels. With the decrease in crude oil stocks this week the crude oil inventory status versus last year is showing a deficit of 110.2 million barrels while the deficit versus the five-year average for the same week came in around 13.9 million barrels.
Distillate stocks increased by 0.5 million bbls versus the market expectations for a modest draw even as total US refinery runs increased to 93 percent of capacity, with exports increasing modestly on the week. The year over year comparison shows current stock levels at about 22.9 million barrels below last year. The five-year average deficit came in around 11.6 million barrels.
Gasoline inventories decreased by 1.1 million bbls and are still off the record high level hit early in 2017. The surplus versus last year came in around 2.4 million barrels while the surplus versus the five-year average for the same week came in at 9.9 million barrels.