The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported quite clearly the impact that Hurricane Harvey and Irma had on gasoline supply. They reported the biggest gasoline drawdown in history, 8.428 million barrels, putting gasoline supply back to a three year low. Yet at the same, it showed what the U.S. refining community is going to have to do and it basically means that they will demand more crude oil as they look to rebuild supply.
While Florida and the rest of the Gulf Coast deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Irma and the energy markets assess the short-term demand destruction, in the bigger picture for energy, we are getting very bullish data in supply versus demand.
Although the EIA weekly report showed a larger-than-expected decline in crude oil inventories, the price of the commodity declined sharply after news that U.S. crude oil production increased. Thanks to these circumstances, light crude lost 1.62% and closed the day under important support. What does it mean for the black gold?
For oil and the markets, Russia is all the rage. There is the big OPEC/non-OPEC pow-wow in Russia and reports that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is opening an investigation into President Donald Trump's business transactions with Russia one day after the President said that that would be a red-line for him.
After an eventful day in the markets yesterday, U.S. stocks are higher, but off their best levels; gold is also up while crude oil has given up its earlier gains. In FX, the U.S. dollar is mostly weaker but not as much as the euro, while the British pound is up slightly and the Canadian dollar is significantly higher.