Crude Oil Weekly Fundamental Analysis October 1-5, 2012 Forecast

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Introduction:  Crude Oil is considered the king of the commodities markets.

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is the United States’ emergency oil stockpile, and it is the largest emergency petroleum supply in the world. The reserve stores about 570 million barrels of crude oil in underground salt caverns at four sites along the Gulf of Mexico. Any dipping into this reserve is going to be big news.

Brent Crude is traded in London as something called Futures contracts, which are priced in US Dollars. Now, all you traders brave enough to run your positions over a period of days or weeks, pay attention

Most commonly traded is the NYMEX where you find West Texas Crude. It is also traded in USD.

Weekly Analysis and Recommendation:

Crude Oil climbed back over 92.00 to close the week at 92.03 after falling below 90.00 in midweek trading. President Obama’s administration continues to threaten release of strategic reserves as the Saudi’s do their best to talk down prices. The heated tensions in the Middle East are the main factor affecting oil this week.

Date

Last

Open

High

Low

Change %

Sep 28, 2012

92.03

92.22

92.72

91.43

-0.21%

Sep 27, 2012

92.22

90.31

92.39

89.89

2.13%

Sep 26, 2012

90.31

90.88

91.33

88.97

-0.62%

Sep 25, 2012

90.86

92.06

93.17

90.62

-1.34%

Sep 24, 2012

92.10

92.89

92.89

91.08

-0.86%

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu made a passionate plea and idle threats at his speech at the UN telling the world that time is running out to stop the Iranian nuclear threat.

Also the IMF reduced global growth and China’s eco data fell again this week, weakening oil prices.

Renewed supply concerns from the Middle East even as the Israeli Prime Minister is expected to raise the level of rhetoric against the Iranian nuclear program when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly later in the day. Investors also weighed the Energy Information Administration’s weekly oil report of an unexpected decline in U.S. crude stockpiles for the week ended September 21, which was overshadowed by the developments in Greece and Spain yesterday.

The Spanish budget for 2013 also helped crude prices, as Spain unveiled plans for economic reforms to revive the country’s sagging economy. The fourth largest economy in Europe announced a tight 2013 budget focused mainly on spending cuts rather than tax hikes.

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Major Economic Events for the week of September 24-28, 2012 actual v. forecast for Euro, GPB, the Franc, and USD

Date

Currency

Event

Actual

Forecast

Previous

Sep. 24 

EUR

German Ifo Business Climate Index 

101.4

102.5

102.3

 

EUR

German Current Assessment 

110.3

111.0

111.1

 

EUR

German Business Expectations 

93.2

95.0

94.2

Sep. 25

EUR

GfK German Consumer Climate 

5.9

5.9

5.9

 

GBP

BBA Mortgage Approvals 

30.5K

28.6K

28.8K

 

USD

CB Consumer Confidence 

70.3

63.0

61.3

 Sep. 26

EUR

German 10-Year Bund Auction 

1.520%

 

1.420%

 

GBP

CBI Distributive Trades Survey 

6

5

-3

 

EUR

German CPI (MoM) 

0.0%

0.0%

0.4%

 

EUR

German CPI (YoY) 

2.0%

2.0%

2.1%

 

USD

New Home Sales 

373K

380K

374K

 Sep. 27

EUR

German Unemployment Change 

9K

10K

11K

 

GBP

Business Investment (QoQ) 

0.9%

-1.5%

-1.5%

 

GBP

Current Account 

-20.8B

-12.4B

-15.4B

 

GBP

GDP (QoQ) 

-0.4%

-0.5%

-0.5%

 

GBP

GDP (YoY) 

-0.5%

-0.5%

-0.5%

 

EUR

Italian 10-Year BTP Auction 

5.24%

 

5.82%

 

USD

Core Durable Goods Orders (MoM) 

-1.6%

0.3%

-1.3%

 

USD

Durable Goods Orders (MoM) 

-13.2%

-5.0%

3.3%

 

USD

Initial Jobless Claims 

359K

378K

385K

 

USD

GDP (QoQ) 

1.3%

1.7%

1.7%

 

USD

Continuing Jobless Claims 

3271K

3285K

3275K

 

USD

Pending Home Sales (MoM) 

-2.6%

-0.7%

2.6%

 Sep. 28

EUR

French GDP (QoQ) 

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

 

EUR

French Consumer Spending (MoM) 

0.4%

-0.1%

0.4%

 

CHF

KOF Leading Indicators 

1.67

1.57

1.59

 

EUR

CPI (YoY) 

2.7%

2.4%

2.6%

 

USD

Core PCE Price Index (MoM) 

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

 

USD

Personal Spending (MoM) 

0.5%

0.5%

0.4%

 

USD

Chicago PMI 

49.7

53.0

53.0

 

USD

Michigan Consumer Sentiment 

78.3

79.0

79.2

Historical: From 2010 to Present

Highest:   114.81 on May 02, 2011

Average: 89.58 over this period

Lowest:   67.17 on May 25, 2010

 

WEEKLY

  • This Week in Petroleum
    Release Schedule: Wednesday @ 1:00 p.m. EST (schedule)
  • Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update
    Release Schedule: Monday between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. EST (schedule)
  • Weekly Petroleum Status Report
    Release Schedule: The wpsrsummary.pdf, overview.pdf, and Tables 1-14 in CSV and XLS formats, are released to the Web site after 10:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday. All other PDF and HTML files are released to the Web site after 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday. Appendix D is produced during the winter heating season, which extends from October through March of each year. For some weeks which include holidays, releases are delayed by one day. (schedule)

 

Economic Highlights of the coming week that affect the Euro, GBP, CHF and the USD

Date

Time

Currency

Event

Forecast

Previous

Oct. 01 

08:15

CHF

Retail Sales (YoY) 

5.0% 

3.2% 

 

08:30

CHF

SVME PMI 

47.0 

46.7 

 

15:00

USD

ISM Manufacturing Index 

49.8 

49.6 

Oct. 02 

07:00

GBP

Nationwide HPI (MoM) 

0.2% 

1.3% 

Oct. 03 

10:00

EUR

Retail Sales (MoM) 

-0.2% 

-0.2% 

Oct. 04

12:00

GBP

Interest Rate Decision 

0.50% 

0.50% 

 

12:00

GBP

BOE QE Total 

375B 

375B 

 

12:45

EUR

Interest Rate Decision 

0.75% 

0.75% 

Oct. 05

11:00

EUR

German Factory Orders (MoM) 

-0.7% 

0.5% 

Government Bond Auction

Date Time Country 

Oct 01 10:00 Norway 

Oct 02 09:15 Austria 

Oct 02 09:30 Belgium 

Oct 02 09:30 UK 

Oct 02 14:30 UK 

Oct 03 09:10 Sweden 

Oct 03 10:00 Norway 

Oct 04 08:30 Spain 

Oct 04 08:50 France 

Oct 04 15:00 US 

Oct 05 15:30 Italy 

 

 

 

 

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