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WTI/RBOB Shrug At Bigger Than Expected Crude Draw

WTI/RBOB faded back from yesterday's Libya pipeline headline-driven exuberance ahead of tonight's API inventory data. A bigger than expected crude draw held WTI prices steady but RBOB faded very modestly after API showed a notable gasoline (and distillates) build.   API Crude -6mm (-3.75mm exp) Cushing -1.3mm (-590k exp) Gasoline +3.1mm Distillates +2.8mm Heading into […]


WTI/RBOB Extend Gains After Bigger Than Expected Crude Draw

WTI/RBOB inched higher on the day ahead of tonight's API data and then knee-jerked higher as the data showed a much-bigger-than-expected 5.2mm crude draw.   API Crude -5.2mm (-440k exp) Cushing +70k Gasoline +2.001mm (+2.45mm exp) Distillates -2.85mm (+250k exp) A very mixed bag as the series of crude draws continues and gasoline builds… This […]


WTI/RBOB Sink On Massive Product Inventory Builds

A relatively stable day in energy markets as many other markets turmoiled, but as tonight's data hit, both WTI/RBOB kneejerked lower after API showed massive product inventory builds (despite a big crude draw).   API Crude -5.48mm (-2.5mm exp) Cushing -1.95mm (-2.4mm exp) Gasoline +9.196mm – biggest build since Jan 2016 Distillates +4.259mm – biggest […]


WTI Tumbles Below $57 As OPEC-Hype Fades

Goldman's Damien Courvalin seems to have perfecvtly summed things up – the market was pricing in an OPEC production cut extension of 6-9 months (accounting for around a $2.50 premium in the price). Today's jawboning from Russia seems to signal April discussions (so a 6-month extension) which is a disappointment – and so WTI prices […]


Amazon Soars On Report Of “Unbelievable” Online Sales As Channel Checks Show Store Traffic Down 1%

While bricks and mortar retailers and malls may have decided to put their aggressive discounts on hold for the time being, seemingly content with their market share (losses), online retailers – and one in particular – continue to make staggering gains. Preliminary reports for Black Friday and Thanksgiving sales point to a promising start to […]


Wal-Mart Slashes Online Prices To Match Amazon…Does It Matter?

Wal-Mart’s in-store prices have long been the lowest in the retail industry after decades of building a massive store footprint and subsequently beating vendors into submission.  That said, with brick-and-mortar sales continually being eroded by online sales, pricing dominance against Amazon is becoming far more important than in-store dominance against the likes of Target. To […]


Which Days Offer The Biggest Discounts This Holiday Week

Earlier today we discussed that as part of Black Friday’s gradual decline into irrelevance (it is now the 3rd busiest day behind Christmas and Cyber Monday), brick and mortar retailers – seemingly reserved to losing to online vendors – have decided to reduce shopping discounts substantially; according to WSJ calculations, 2016 discounts were no less […]


Caught On Tape: Chaos, Multiple Fights Break Out Among “Black Friday Zombies”

It’s Black Friday, and in keeping with the Holiday weekend tradition, media commentator Mark Dice traveled to Wal-Marts and other stores to document the “zombie apocalypse” of half-awake consumers hell-bent on elbowing past their peers so they can be sure to get the best deals on electronics, books, video games, clothes and any number of […]


“It’s Global & It’s Viral” – DiMartino Booth Exposes The Fed’s Biggest Fear

Via Greg Hunter's USA Watchdog blog, Former Federal Reserve insider Danielle DiMartino Booth says the record high stock and bond prices make the Fed nervous because it’s fearful of popping this record high credit bubble. DiMartino Booth says, “The Fed’s biggest fear is they know darn well this much credit has built up in the […]


Geoblocking Prevalent For EU’s Online Shoppers

This week, the European Union agreed to end unjustified geoblocking after a late-night session. This relates to geoblocking the online trading of goods and services. As Statista's Niall McCarthy explains, the agreement means companies will not be able to prevent customers from visiting and doing business on their website due to being resident in another EU member […]


WTI/RBOB Slide On Surprise Build As US Crude Production Hits New Record High

WTI/RBOB extended yesterday's IEA-driven losses after a big crude build reported overnight by API, and DOE did nothing to assuage that with a 1.85mm crude build (admittedly smaller than API's projected 6.5mm, but notably different from the 2.4mm draw expected), Gasoline also surprised with a build and WTI/RBOB extended losses. Additionally US Crude production rose […]


Producer Prices Surge At Fastest Rate In Almost 6 Years

Following September's hotter-than-expected Core PPI (and 5Y high in PPI), October was expected to see a modest slowdown but headline PPI printed a massive 2.8% YoY (smashing the 2.4% exp). This is the hottest PPI since Jan 2012,  driven by surges in fuel prices and drugs.   Core PPI also beat expectations, rising 2.4% YoY […]


Wal-Mart Is Raising Prices Of Food, Household Products On Its US Website

Somebody should tell Wal-Mart they’re doing it wrong. In what the Wall Street Journal described as an attempt to lure customers back to its brick-and-mortar locations, Wal-Mart has been quietly raising prices for some food and household products sold on its US website, including Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Colgate toothbrushes and bags of Purina dog […]


Treasury Curve Flattens After Strong, Stopping Through 30Y Auction

After a mediocre 3Y, and a strong 10Y auction in the last two days, the Treasury concluded its refunding on the right foot – if with some blemishes – selling $15 billion in 30Y bonds at a 2.801% yield, stopping through the WI 2.802% by the smallest possible margin, and below last month’s 2.870%. There […]