Contango

U.S. Prepares To Sell Off Its Oil Reserves

The U.S. is beginning to wind down one of the core energy security policies of the past half century as the boom in domestic drilling eases concerns about supply.

Futures Unchanged In Thin Pre-Holiday Tape; Italian Bank Bailout Lifts European Shares

European stocks halted two days of declines, with the Stoxx 600 fractionally in the green and Italy’s bonds climbing after Monte Paschi requested a bailout and Italy pledged to provide support for its other ailing lenders. S&P futures were little changed among extremely thin volumes while Chinese stocks dropped amid concerns on higher borrowing costs.

Oil Fades From OPEC Exuberance On Fund Flows, Storage, & Contango Concerns

The overnight exuberance in crude oil futures markets has faded notably as the day has worn on. While news of supply cuts are unquestionably bullish (should one choose to believe it or not, remember the Saudis admission "we tend to cheat"), but the last few days have also seen a plethora of bearish-biased news that for now is being ignored.

Is OPEC Playing The Oil Markets Again?

OPEC has once again succeeded in jaw-boning the oil market, and Goldman Sachs hiked its oil price forecast this week by a substantial amount, but the optimism has not trickled over into the oil futures market, at least not yet as the contango'd curve still does not look very good.

Oil Slides After Bigger Than Expected Gasoline Build

After a day of frenetic OPEC headlines being all that matters, oil traders may briefly focus on fundamentals as API reports an unexpectedly large build in gasoline inventories ( +2.68mm vs 900k exp). Overall crude, cushing, and distillates saw inventory draws which left wti slightly lower post-data.

Glut Fears Spike As Europe Runs Out Of On-Land Oil Storage

Oil majors in northwest Europe have booked tankers to store 9 million barrels of oil as the international supply glut grows in size, according to a ship-operator who spoke to Bloomberg. The companies have resorted to using tankers as storage as signs emerge that onshore storage is filling up on the land-starved continent.

The Fallacy Of Central Planning (Exposed By South Park's Underpants Gnomes)

In the 1980s, the Fed decided that economists had learned sufficiently from the grave, global mistakes of the Great Inflation such that they would compensate for the evolution of money by controlling just a single interest rate. It was, essentially, an underpants gnome schematic: "1. Target federal funds rate. 2. .... 3. Control Economy."