U.S. Oil Stockspiles Increase More Than Expected

November 12, 2009 by Douglas A. McIntyre

Today’s EIA Petroleum Status Report for last week shows oil inventories to have grown 1.8 million barrels.  Many analysts expected the number to have grown by 1 million barrels.  Oil futures were down ahead of the report, largely on the strength of the dollars.  

U.S. Oil Stock, January 1st 2009 through November 6th 2009

Oil Reserves

Weekly U.S Spot Prices, January 1st 2009 through October 30th 2009

U.S. Oil Spot Price 11

Oil prices have been on the rise since October.  This price movement have been supported by a number of factors.  Perhaps the strongest among them has been the decline in the dollar against the currencies of its major trading partners, as oil is denominated in dollars.  Since the beginning of October the dollar has declined over 2% against the Euro, enhancing European demand for oil.  Oil prices have also been given a boost by the recent G-20 meeting where economic policy markers from the worlds richest 20 countries indicated they would continue their fiscal and monetary stimulus.  Also, the IEA recently revised their projections for global oil demand, citing powerful growth in China.  

Garrett W. McIntyre