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holidays saw largest increase in distillates supplies on record; natural gas drilling now at a 40 month high

oil prices were again higher this week, largely on optimistic chatter coming out of the US-China trade talks in Beijing, but finally snapped their longest rally in 9 years when prices fell back for the first time since December 27th … Continue reading

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December’s consumer price index; November’s Mortgage Monitor and job openings & turnover survey

Major reports that were released this past week included the December Consumer Price Index and the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) for November, both from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which had funding prior to the government shutdown…major … Continue reading

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graphs and tables for January 12th

rig count summary: distillate supplies: oil & product inventories: delinquent and foreclosed loan counts:

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natural gas prices see steepest monthly drop in 15 years; Christmas week natural gas withdrawal is smallest in 13 years

oil prices rebounded into the new year, rising every day this week, largely on news of a drop in OPEC output and hints of progress on resolving the U.S.-China trade imbroglio…after falling 0.6% to $45.33 a barrel in volatile trading … Continue reading

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December’s jobs report, et al

The only major economic report released this week was the Employment Situation Summary for December from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as apparently the Labor Department had been funded prior to the government shutdown…the November report on Construction Spending from … Continue reading

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table & graphics for January 5th

rig count summary: natural gas prices: natural gas inventories: temperature deviations:

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oil & natural gas prices both down again in volatile trading; warm spell gives natural gas stores a breather..

oil prices ended lower for the 3rd week in a row in quite volatile trading that largely synched with the wild gyrations in wall street markets this week, which in turn were driven by year end tax strategies of hedge … Continue reading

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