Oil outlook bullish despite bearish inventories

It’s beginning to look a lot like!

It's beginning to look a lot like rates cuts, everywhere you go. Take a look at the ECB cutting rates again, with oil gains and silver bulls a-glow! It’s beginning to look a lot like rate cuts, maybe even Quantitative easing in store. But the prettiest sight to see, is the moment that you see oil put in a floor.

It’s all about Europe and the market expects the European Central Bank will cut rates by another quarter-point to 1%. Of course the market already wants more and hopes the ECB will add a little quantitative easing to help stimulate the economy. The market would like to see the Eurozone flush with cash ahead of its "do-or-die" Brussels summit as the fate of the euro currency and the credibility of Europe hangs in the balance.

For oil the increasing prospect of a deal is very bullish. Not only will it improve demand it will devalue paper currencies that are abundant and will start too chase some goods including oil. Remember always that bailouts are bullish.

Yet yesterday’s Energy Information Report wasn’t really. The trade was shocked by a surprise build in commercial crude oil inventories which increased by 1.3 million barrels from the previous week. The expectations were that supply would fall as refiners and oil companies began to draw down inventory for year-end tax considerations.

The other big story from the report was distillate inventories. The EIA said that distillate fuel inventories increased by 2.5 million barrels last week and are in the lower limit of the average range for this time of year. David Bird, the man that mashes the statistics for Dow Jones, says that, "US output of distillate fuel (diesel/heating oil) rose 4.2% to a record 5.03M barrels/day last week, EIA data show, as weekly demand was 7% above a year ago at 3.92M. Exports have been very strong of late and the EIA estimates distillates averaged a daily record near 950K barrels. The production surge helped push inventories up 2.5M barrels last week and within 2.5% of the 5-year average, the narrowest gap since October.”

Gasoline supply also surged increasing by 5.1 million barrels last week and are in the upper limit of the average range. Gasoline supply builds are the beneficiary of strong diesel demand and record distillate production. Total commercial petroleum inventories increased by 9.5 million barrels last week.

Still the overall outlook for oil is still bullish. The distillate production number indicates that refiners expect continuing strong global demand.

President Obama is still fighting the Keystone pipeline despite angering our neighbors to the North, Canada and despite the fact that the pipeline is favored by the majority of the American People. The President warned Republicans he'll veto an extension of the payroll tax if it includes a measure that forces the approval of the Keystone oil sands pipeline. Once again the President is putting his special interests ahead of US job creation and improving our nation’s energy security.

Hello shale and goodbye to coal! In a must read in today’s Wall Street Journal it is reported that “natural gas will replace coal as the leading fuel for generating electricity in the U.S. by 2025, when it will also become the world's No. 2 overall fuel source thanks to its abundance and a drive for cleaner-burning energy, according to the latest long-term outlook from Exxon Mobil Corporation.

The closely watched study, set to be released Thursday, forecasts that global energy demand will grow about 30% by 2040 as the world population climbs to nine billion from seven billion.

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