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Weekly Crude Oil Inventories On Deck

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by
Shain Vernier • 1 min read

It has been a see-saw trading day for January WTI crude oil futures. After showing early strength on rumors of OPEC production cuts being announced at this weekend’s G20 Summit, prices have reversed toward $50.00. As far as psychological barriers and global crude oil are concerned, it gets no bigger than $50.00. Right now, this level is driving participation to the WTI market.

Crude Oil Inventories Due Up…

Today marks the beginning of the weekly crude oil inventory cycle. The seasonal trend has been positive, with builds in supply becoming normal due to lagging demand. Boosted output from Saudi Arabia has played a key role in this dynamic, as has solid production from North American shale plays. Will this week bring us more of the same?

Let’s take a look at the expectations for the weekly inventories statistics:

Event                                                   Previous      Projected

API Crude Oil Stocks Report               -1.545M              NA

EIA Crude Oil Stocks Report                4.851M         -0.600M

The EIA projections are intriguing, as they call for the first draw on supply in quite some time. It appears that analysts are anticipating increased fuel consumption due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Apparently, a negative shift of more than 5.5 million barrels is expected from last week’s release.

Overview

For now, the outlook toward January WTI futures is simple: bears rule this market and $50.00 is the key level to watch. In the event that the coming stocks reports come in positive, we may see our first sub-$50.00 WTI since October of 2017.

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About the author

Shain Vernier is our US Analyst
Shain Vernier has spent over 7 years in the market as a professional futures, options and forex trader. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Finance from the University of Montana. Shain's career includes stretches with several proprietary trading firms in addition to actively managing his own accounts. Before joining FX Leaders, he worked as a market analyst and financial writer.
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