Oil Triple Whammy: Inventory Build, Iran Nuke Deal Has Votes, & China Gives Venezuela $5 Billion Loan

Following last night's epic inventory build., according to API, DOE has reported a 4.7mm barrel build but US crude production pluinged 1.4% (lowest since March). However, ths oil complexc has been hit by two other 'issues' this morning as Obama captures the votes he needs to confirm the Iran nuclear deal (guaranteeing more oil supply) and China encumbers more Venezuelan oil ($5bn loan) allowing them to keep pumping at below-cost levels. The reaction for now is notable selling pressure...

Inventory Builds most in 5 months...

 

The Obama administration will be jubilant this morning as it appears they have captured enough votes to confirm the Iran-nuclear deal...

  • *OBAMA HAS ENOUGH U.S. SENATE SUPPORT TO UPHOLD IRAN DEAL

As MarketWatch reports,

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, said Wednesday she supports the nuclear deal with Iran, giving the agreement enough votes to be upheld in the Senate. She becomes the 34th Democrat to back the deal, the magic number to sustain a veto.

Of course, that confirms the Iran oil supply is coming.

And then there is last night's China-Venezuela "cash-for-oil" loan...

President Nicolas Maduro announced the signing of a special program w/ China for a $5b loan to increase oil production in coming months, according to a statement posted on the Venezuelan Information Ministry website.

 

Statement did not provide additional details on the loan

 

Loan agreement was signed by PDVSA president Eulogio del Pino and Venezuelan development bank Bandes president Simon Zerpa with the president of the China Development Bank, information ministry says in separate e-mailed statement

Which allows VENZ to keep producing at below cost.

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The reaction to all this...

 

Even as production drops to six month lows...

 

Though we note that the majority of the production cut came from Alaska and no the Lower 48 (-100k vs -19k)


Charts: Bloomberg

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