December 10, 2009 / 9:27 PM / 10 years ago

NYMEX-Crude ends down a 7th day on demand worries

 NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil futures fell on
Thursday for a seventh day in a row, extending two-month lows
below $70 before ending above that level in see-saw trading, as
ample fuel supplies stoked worries about demand.
 In the previous session, oil futures fell sharply as
heating oil and gasoline futures slumped after the government
reported fuel stocks rose last week. [EIA/S]
 The latest losing streak, which matches a seven-day decline
in 2006 and is the longest since an eight-day slump in October,
2003, "shows conclusively the sentiment pendulum swinging more
towards pessimism about a potential (economic) recovery," said
Mike Fitzpatrick, vice president at MF Global in New York.
 "NYMEX crude futures have fallen in recent days without
much help from the dollar or equity markets and the disconnect
with the financial markets highlights the continuing bearish
fundamentals in the energy markets," said Jim Ritterbusch,
president of Ritterbusch & Associates  in Galena, Illinois.
 Prices fell despite some upbeat economic data.
 The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless
benefits rose more than expected last week, but continuing
jobless claims fell. [ID:nN10156007]
 The U.S. trade deficit narrowed unexpectedly in October as
the weak U.S. dollar helped boost exports and demand for
imported oil fell to its lowest daily level since January 2000,
the Commerce Department said on Thursday. [ID:nN09169993]
 Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration on
Wednesday showed crude supplies fell more than expected, but
remained well above the year-ago level. [EIA/S]
 In late trading, the U.S. dollar was unchanged against the
euro [USD/] and Wall Street rose, with traders citing support
from the U.S. trade data. [.N]
 PRICES
 * On the New York Mercantile Exchange, January crude CLF0
settled down 13 cents, or 0.18 percent, at $70.54 a barrel,
after moving from $69.81, lowest since the $69.17 low on Oct.
8, to $71.39.
 * In the latest losing streak, front-month NYMEX crude fell
$7.83, or 10 percent, the biggest loss for front-month crude
since the $11.65, or 16.3 pct loss in a six-day losing streak
from June 30, to July 9.
 * In London, January Brent crude LCOF0 settled down 53
cents, or 0.73 percent, at $71.86 a barrel, trading from
$71.15, lowest since Oct. 13's $70.84 low, to $73.26. The
contract extended losses to a fifth day, during which it fell
fell $6.50 or 8.3 pct.
 * NYMEX January RBOB RBF0 ended down 2.22 cents, or 1.2
percent, at $1.8351 a gallon, down for the fifth day in a row,
after trading from $1.240 to $1.8769. The day's low is the
lowest since the Oct. 13 low of $1.8240. In five days the
contrat fell 15.79 cents or 7.92 percent.
* NYMEX January heating oil HOF0 ended down 0.64 cent, or
0.34 percent, at $1.9029 a gallon, also down for a fifth
consecutive day. It traded from $1.8871, lowest since the Nov.
17 low of $1.8703, to $1.9281. In five days, it fell 14.66
cents, or 7.2 pct.
 * The January/January RBOB crack spread <0#RB-CL=R> ended
at $6.53, down from $7.34 on Wednesday. The January/January
heating oil crack spread <0#CL-HO=R> endedat $9.38, dropping
from $9.52 on Wednesday.
 * The spread between the current front month and the
five-year forward crude contract CLc61 ended at $19.14,
narrowing from $19.62 on Wednesday. The January 2015 contract
settled Thursday at $89.68, down 61 cents, or 0.68 percent.
 TECHNICALS
 NYMEX crude 10-day/20-day moving average: $74.84/$76.25
 Technical support/resistance:
 NYMEX crude: $70.00/$72.95
 NYMEX heating oil: $1.8380/$1.9790
 NYMEX RBOB: $1.79/$1.9450
 For a full report on technicals, click on [ID:nGEE5B91QN]
 MARKET NEWS
 * Saudi Arabia is restoring full supplies to at least two
Asian buyers in January and holding contracted volumes to seven
others steady. Two European refineries and a global firm said
supply would be steady. [ID:nTOE5B900Z]
 * U.S. natural gas inventories fell last week for the first
time this winter season, EIA data showed, with the draw coming
about weeks behind schedule and well above industry
expectations. [ID:nN10190152]
 (Reporting by Gene Ramos and Robert Gibbons; Editing by David
Gregorio)


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