No Mas, refiners wave the white flag as the Energy Information Agency report that US refinery runs plunge 10% to 80.5 percent! That puts refinery runs below the five year average of 81.4 percent causing a steep drop in gasoline and drop in distillates setting off a firestorm of buying in the petroleum complex. Keep in mind that that this is a five year average that includes two major hurricane related shut downs. In other words refiners are running like they were hit by a hurricane and if you look at their margins for profit for doing business they kind of were. His was the the third lowest run rate of the last 10 years, excluding 2005 and 2002.
Refining profit margins have fallen 83% in the last nine weeks a drop that has refiners just shutting down. If you can't make a profit making a product why bother. And what is more it is likely that if demand and margins do not pick up soon we could see further cuts in runs and also in supply. The cuts supported crude as the market thinks that refiners will focus on only the highest yielding crude oil not wasting effort on the lower yielding stuff.
Things are bad for the industry as they are being hurt by a weak dollar and weak demand. The EIA says that earnings of oil and natural gas producers, refiner/marketers and oil field companies fell sharply in the second quarter 2009 from the second quarter of 2008, continuing the trend towards lower profitability evident during the first quarter. These results are drawn from quarterly EIA reporting on the financial performance of energy companies that together represent about half of U.S. oil and gas production and the majority of U.S. refining. The EIA says that on data available at the time of the publication of the quarterly reports, crude oil prices paid by U.S. refiners averaged $57.50 per barrel in Q209, down by more than half from the peak average of $118.16 per barrel recorded in Q208. Natural gas wellhead prices averaged $3.44 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in Q209, compared to a peak average of $10.05/Mcf in Q208.
This means oil bears like me have to say NO Mas as well. Oil has finally has broken out of the high set last June and the high I projected when the Fed went to quantitative easing last March. Forget the fact that gasoline inventories are 4.3 percent above the five-year average for the period and demand is weak it is narrower than the 6.9 percent surplus we had the prior week. Forget that gasoline demand fell 13,000 barrels from the prior week to 9.26 million barrels a day. The Market is only focused on the bullish like stockpiles of distillates, including heating oil and diesel falling 1.08 million barrels to 170.1 million and not the fact that supply is 30 percent above the five-year average Right now we have to respect the range. The market has finally broken out as the weak dollar and better economic data transcends oversupply on the perception that supplies will tighten more. Those fears were increased as OIL Movements reported that OPEC would reduce oil shipments and Nigerian Rebels say they will start hostilities again after accepting amnesty a few weeks ago.
The dynamic has changed as the relentlessly falling dollar has squeezed the refiners and the oil bears as well. Regardless of current oversupply remember that the market is always right. And if you want to get it right you should be watching The Fox Business Network! And if you want firms that does things right you need to be with PFGBest! Whatever you're trading needs we can handle it cash, grains metals, gold coins, bars and even stocks. If your broker is not doing enough for you call me at 800-935-6487 or email me at email@example.com. Our platforms are great and the service beyond compare!
Sold November crude at 7650 - stopped apprx 7750
Buy December RBOB at 18000 stop 17800
Short November heating oil from apprx 19630 - stopped apprx 19830.
Buy Dec Heating oil at 18500 stop 18300
Buy November natural gas at 410 - stop 370
The Dan Flynn Corn & Ethanol Report
Friday October 16th 2009
Good Morning !
The December Corn had a huge correction in Thursday's open outcry session.Leading traders to take profits in the wake of to much to fast and furious the current harvest rally has gone.Normal market conditions we talk about harvest pressure but whats normal in todays marketplace? In the overnight the December Corn is finding support after yesterdays big break trading at 373 1/4 which is up a 1/4 of a cent as I write. Traders eyes and ears are focused on weather forecast's of next week supposed Indian Summer. This could induce another break to the downside but be prepared to buy this market.
Have a Great Trading Day !