The Bulls Are Taking Advantage Of The Low-Volume Week
The bulls are taking advantage of the low-volume week, rallying refined products nearly 3% over the past couple of trading sessions. Expectations of higher demand growth from China and India seems to be how we are justifying the buying strength so far this morning. American and European crude oil benchmarks are adding about $1 per barrel so far today.
While still very contagious, the Omicron variant seems to be affecting people less intensely than the Delta variant and the original coronavirus. It seems global governments are taking a softer stance on the latest novel strain, some eliminating social distancing protocols altogether. The Center for Disease Control has reduced the quarantine time for positive cases from ten days to five, leading energy bulls to believe that drivers will be getting on the road that much quicker.
Money managers increased their net long positions in the ‘big three’ American energy contracts last month, according to the report published by the CFTC yesterday. The net length in WTI futures held by the Producer/Merchant category of traders ticked lower last week but remained in the ballpark of 5-year highs. Given the price action over the past couple of weeks a redesignation of who’s called the ‘smart money’ might be in order.
Prompt month gasoline futures have punched through a couple moving averages this morning, marking bullish sentiment. Diesel futures have now made up everything lost on Black Friday’s selloff and are poised to make a run at the October high of $2.60. While technical strength seems to be the name of the game this week, it is important to note that price action on low volume should be taken with a grain of salt. We could see a short term correction next week once the holidays are over.