RBOB Sinks After Surprise Build, WTI Bounces On Biggest Production Drop In 2 Years

WTI/RBOB have extended their post-API (crude build) losses overnight (not helped by IEA forecasts indicating the oil-inventory decline will halt in 2018). However, DOE data perfectly contradicted the API data with a big crude draw and big gasoline build. WTI bounced a little (helped by the biggest production cut since September 2015) and RBOB slumped.



  • Crude +3.1mm (-2.4mm exp)

  • Cushing +1.216mm - 8th weekly build in a row

  • Gasoline -1.575mm (+200k exp)

  • Distillates +2.029mm - biggest in 5 months


  • Crude -2.75mm (-2.4mm exp)

  • Cushing +1.322mm - 8th weekly build in a row

  • Gasoline +2.49mm  (+200k exp)

  • Distillates -1.48mm

Perfectly contradicting what API said last night, DOE seees a big crude draw and gasoline build...


Distillates inventories tumbled below their 5y average as exports soared to a record high...


Production in the Lower 48 tumbled...

This was the biggest production drop since September 2015 (ex the Hurricane plunge)


WTI/RBOB prices slid overnight after the API data and were fading into the DOE release. RBOB extended its losses on the gasoline build and WTI bounced...

“It’s a combination of firstly the API last night which gave it the first little knock and then the IEA monthly report which has raised a few eyebrows that we won’t see the rebalancing continue into next year,” says Ole Hansen, head of commodities strategy at Saxo Bank.

How's the re-balance going? Total crude and product commercial inventories slipped a bit lower but, at 1.29 billion, barrels are still almost 140 million above the five-year average.

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