U.S. Petroleum Weekly – December 31, 2010

(For The Week Ending December 24, 2010)

Crude oil stocks fell 1.3 million barrels; Gasoline stocks decreased 2.3 million barrels; Distillate stocks rose 0.2 million barrels; Propane/propylene stocks were down 2.5 million barrels; Other oils stocks decreased 2.2 million barrels; Total crude oil and petroleum stocks were 9.2 million barrels lower for the week.

Refinery utilization rose 0.1% to 87.8%.

Implied crude oil demand fell 0.5 million barrels.

Crude oil and petroleum product net imports fell0.2 million barrels to 9.2 million barrels.

Refiners reduced crude oil stocks because use of LIFO accounting enables them to keep lower priced inventory on hand; expense higher priced one and consequently pay lower taxes. Demand also recovered a bit.

Going into new year crude oil stocks will probably rise on refiner restocking.

Chart 1. Crude Oil Futures

Chart 2. Crude Oil Futures Curve

Chart 3. Weekly Change in U.S. Crude Oil and Distillates Stocks

Chart 4. U.S. Crude Oil Implied Demand

Chart 5. U.S. Motor Gasoline Implied Demand

Chart 6. U.S. Distillate Fuel Implied Demand

Chart 7. U.S. Crude Oil Total Inventory

Chart 8. Motor Gasoline Total Inventory

Chart 9. Distillate Fuel Oil Total Inventory

Chart 10. U.S. Refinery Capacity, Inputs, and Production

Chart 11. Weekly U.S. Total Crude Oil and Petroleum Products Imports and Exports

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