Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Oil inventories creeping upwards
Looking at total US oil and petroleum products inventory levels you will see they are at 20 year peaks! The OECD is also above its 5 year average inventory levels.
So if the industrialized world is filling up with oil where is it all going and why have prices not dropped? Some possible reasons are:
* Emerging market demand and specifically China is a great unknown.
* The Iran / Israel situation is keeping people jumpy.
* The financialization of commodities also provides a firm bid on oil prices.
* Hurricane season is just warming up in the US. We'll see how much carnage they produce.
Here's some previous entries on the topic of hurricane season: