Following several years of stronger-than-expected North American supply growth, the shockwaves of rising U.S. shale gas and light tight oil and Canadian oil sands production are reaching virtually all recesses of the global oil market.
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.
Oil prices fluctuated yesterday on lots of news and lots of supply. An earthquake in Iran gave oil a pop, but after the close the American Petroleum Institute reported a whopping 5.1 million build in crude oil supply.
The day after a wildly bearish Energy Information Administration supply report showed that crude supplies are at the highest level for this time of year in 82 years, central banks and economic data in U.S. piled on to one of the most significant sell-off events this year.
Natural gas is still flirting with $4.00 as hedge funds are starting to realize that a major bottom may have been formed. According to CFTC data the net long position held by money managers hit a three-year high.