WTI Slides After Crude Stocks Rise For 9th Straight Week To Highest Since June 2021

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by Tyler Durden
Thursday, Feb 23, 2023 - 04:08 PM

Oil prices are on the rise this morning - after 6 straight days lower - with WTI testing up to $76 despite API reporting another major crude inventory build.

“Oil prices remain lodged in rangebound territory and in search of acute near-term catalysts,” RBC Capital Markets analysts including Michael Tran and Helima Croft said in a note.

“Trendless physical markets have been the story for months, indicating slack in the global system.”

All eyes are once again on the official inventory and supply/demand data that has been 'odd' in recent weeks.


  • Crude +9.895mm

  • Cushing +481k

  • Gasoline +894k

  • Distillates +1.374mm


  • Crude +7.647mm (+3.8mm exp)

  • Cushing +700k

  • Gasoline -1.856mm

  • Distillates +2.698mm

US Crude stocks rose for the 9th straight week (and Cushing stocks rose for the 8th straight week). Gasoline inventories drew-down for the first time in 7 weeks while Distillates built...

Source: Bloomberg

We do note however that there have been some wild swings in the 'adjustment' factor (fudge) in recent weeks...

Total crude stockpiles are at their highest since June 2021...

Source: Bloomberg

Since the start of the year, total crude stockpiles have risen by 57.6 million barrels, after taking account of the SPR withdrawals in the first weeks of 2023.

Cushing stocks rose back above 40mm barrels for the first time since June 2021

Source: Bloomberg

US Crude production rose to new cycle highs at 12.3mm b/d, despite the rig count rolling over...

Source: Bloomberg

WTI was trading around $75.50 ahead of the official print and slipped lower on yet another build...

Bloomberg Intelligence Senior Oil & Gas Analyst Fernando Valle: “Hopes that returning China demand would support a recovery are fading, as consumption catalysts are having less of an impact than expected. We remain optimistic about long-term oil fundamentals due to the lack of investment in new supply and a view that growth in US shale oil will disappoint over the next few years.”