WTI Rebounds Off Lows After Across-The-Board Inventory Draws

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by Tyler Durden
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 02:39 PM

Oil prices are tumbling this morning despite lower CPI (juicing rate cut hopes), weak retail sales (but strong gas station spending), and a big draw reported overnight by API. It seems the main downside driver was IEA lowering its 2024 demand forecast.

  • World oil demand is forecast to grow by 1.1 million barrels per day this year, down 140,000 bpd from last month's projection.

  • Global crude inventories surged in March by 34.6 million barrels as trade disruptions pushed oil on water to a post pandemic high, according to the IEA.

The question is - will the official data confirm API's big crude draw and re-energize prices.


  • Crude -3.1mm (-1.1mm exp)

  • Cushing -601k

  • Gasoline -1.27mm (unch exp)

  • Distillates +349k (+300k exp)


  • Crude -2.508mm (-1.1mm exp)

  • Cushing -341k

  • Gasoline -235k (unch exp)

  • Distillates -45k (+300k exp)

The official data shows inventory draws across the board with crude stocks down 2.5mm barrels...

Source: Bloomberg

The Biden admin continued to add to the SPR, adding 593k barrels...

Source: Bloomberg

US Crude production remains flat near record highs at b/d...

Source: Bloomberg

WTI was trading just above $77 ahead of the official print and rallied further on the across-the-board draws...

Finally, we note that refinery utilization rates are back above 90%, the highest since January. Rates increased in all regions, with the Midwest rising for the second straight week to 90.8%, from 85.2% in the previous week, as refineries wake up from maintenance.