The world now has taken on the persona of Alfred E. Neuman. What, I worry? Forget about deflation and countries taking over countries and printing money unlike anything the world has seen before. There is nothing to see here. Keep on moving.
Oil (NYMEX:CLN14) is starting to roll lower as geopolitical risk fall as the gas flow in to Ukraine and the global economy has fallen into a zombie like apathy. Fear has taken a holiday and so you just smile with a blank stare and move on. A weak ADP jobs report and hanging around waiting for Mario Draghi to make his rate decision seems to be zapping the life of markets across the globe. Volume is drying up as deflationary pressures are rising and it is not likely that the ECB possible negative rate will shock Europe out of its deflationary apathy.
A weekly drop in demand for both gasoline and diesel also seemed to cool off oil market demand expectations that were elevated because of the strong four week moving average and a less than anticipated drop in Cushing oil supply. Over all the Energy Information Administration showed that U.S. commercial crude oil inventories fell by 3.4 million barrels from the previous week. Another big drop in Gulf Coast inventories and a drop in imports explained the drop. It seems that there is not a lot of incentive to import oil when the Gulf Coast is well supplied. Total motor gasoline inventories increased by 0.2 million barrels last week, and are in the middle of the average range.
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