Happy Thanksgiving Eve! One hundred and forty-eight years to the day after Alfred Nobel patented dynamite, and the fuse has been lit for an explosion to the downside for the crude complex.
After geopolitical tension was stoked yesterday, attention shifts back to oversupply today with the weekly EIA inventory report. Yesterday afternoon’s API report yielded a build of 2.6 million barrels to crude stocks, as well as solid builds to the products. This has adjusted expectations ahead of the EIA report, as a lesser 1 million barrel build was being baked into the cake.
Yesterday we discussed how copper is at a six-and-a-half year low due to a combination of falling Chinese demand and a rising US dollar. The chart below illustrates that despite the downward trend in copper prices, an ongoing supply glut is set to persist, as lower-cost projects come to fruition after billions of dollars have already been invested. Accordingly, global copper production is expected to reach an all-time this year…and is projected to rise through the rest of the decade.
Given the broad-based sell-off we have seen in commodities, from copper to crude to coal, Bloomberg’s commodity index – which tracks 22 natural resources – has plunged two-thirds lower from its peak in 2008 to the lowest level since 1999:
Today is ‘double data day‘, as tomorrow’s Thanksgiving holiday means we get the EIA natural gas storage report a day early. A minor injection of +6 Bcf is expected, which will further add to the record storage level of 4.000 Tcf.
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