Weekly EIA Crude Oil Stocks Report Misses Projections
Shain Vernier • 2 min read
It’s Wednesday and that means that the weekly crude oil inventory cycle is complete. For most of September, oil supplies have been on the downtick, bucking traditional fall seasonality. This week proved to be no different as the API and EIA gave their scheduled briefs. However, not much has changed in the WTI markets. November WTI crude is trading in the vicinity of $40.00, as it has for the past two weeks.
EIA, API Release Their Weekly Reports
Event Actual Projected Previous
API Crude Oil Stocks -0.831M NA 0.691M
EIA Crude Oil Stocks -1.980M 1.569M -1.639M
All in all, these figures don’t tell us much. It appears that many demand-side concerns are unfounded and U.S. production remains severely depressed. Nonetheless, we should begin seeing more consistent supply builds as the year wears on.
Today’s action in November WTI crude oil futures has been positive. Let’s dig into the daily technicals and see if we can spot a trade or two.
November WTI Crude Oil Futures Return To $40.00
Following yesterday’s $2.00+ dollar dump, November WTI is back on the bull. Some of the weekly losses have been pared as price has returned to the $40.00 area.
Here are two levels to keep a close eye on for the rest of the day:
- Resistance(1): Bollinger MP, $40.16
- Support(1): Daily SMA, $39.43
Overview: As of this writing (about 1:30 PM EST), November WTI crude oil is trading in a noncommittal technical area on the daily chart. However, the intermediate-term trend remains bullish as this market tightens.
Ultimately, COVID-19 demand questions and fall/winter seasonality point to a long-term bearish outlook for WTI. Tomorrow is the first trading day of October ― if we see a significant selloff ahead of the weekend, the run to $35.00-$30.00 may be on.