World Oil Market Forecast
Oil demand growth will improve in 2H14 with stronger economic growth.
With crude stock draws expected and improving product demand, stock builds will continue to decline and ultimately become stock draws in the weeks ahead. This past week overall U.S. oil inventories increased. This widened the year-on-year inventory deficit to 25 million barrels with all major categories below last year. Even though PIRA is forecasting a stock draw for next week's DOE data, the year-on-year inventory deficit will narrow because of last year's very large inventory decline for this particular week.
Japanese Crude Runs Stay Low, Product Demands Rise
Crude runs were marginally changed while crude imports remained low enough to limit the stock build to less than 1 MMBbls. Finished products drew 2.6 MMBbls. Product demands were all higher, leading to broad based stock draws. Refining margins were little changed but remain soft.
Inventory Build Rate Slows, But Climb in Weeks Ahead
U.S. weekly propane prices strengthened 1.3% to 107.8¢/gal this week on a lower-than-expected stock build. For the second week in a row, the total propane/propylene inventory increase was below three million barrels. The latest data from the
U.S. Ethanol Prices Tumble
Ethanol prices tumbled last week as record production during the week ending
Ethanol Production Plummets
U.S. ethanol production plummeted to 938 MB/D the week ending January from an extraordinary 972 MB/D during the previous week as weather-related issues in the Midwest curtailed operations at several plants. This was the largest week-on-week decline since January.
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