Pull out the party hats! Dow closed above 15000 for the first time in history! Although the Dow is rocking, and that has been a factor in the increase in oil from the lows, Dow records are just not what they used to be.
The Energy Information Agency shocked the market by reporting that U.S. Crude supply increased by 6.7 million barrels putting supply at the highest level in 82 years. So much for that uptick in gasoline demand.
While manufacturing reported weakness caused a drop in oil, heating oil led a product comeback. Yet it was natural gas that quietly closed above $4.00 that was perhaps the most interesting move of the day.
In the past when OPEC’s back has been against the wall, like the late-1990s, energy prices and demand rebounded to save them from the ash heap of history. Yet this time may be different. Why? Because OPEC is not the only game in town!
U.S. oil output is poised to surpass Saudi Arabia’s in the next decade, making the world’s biggest fuel consumer almost self-reliant and putting it on track to become a net exporter, the International Energy Agency said.