The Energy Report - It's beginning to look a lot like!

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It's beginning to look a lot like rates cuts, everywhere you go. Take a look at the ECB cutting rates again, with oil gains and silver bulls a-glow! It's beginning to look a lot like rate cuts, maybe even Quantitative easing in store but the prettiest sight to see is the moment that you see oil put in a floor.

It's all about Europe and the market expects the European Central Bank will cut rates by another quarter-point to 1%. Of course the market already wants more and hopes the ECB will add a little quantitative easing to help stimulate the economy. The market would like to see the Euro-zone flush with cash ahead of its "do-or-die" Brussels summit as the fate of the Euro currency and the credibility of Europe hangs in the balance.

For oil the increasing prospect of a deal is very bullish. Not only will it improve demand it will devalue paper currencies that are abundant and will start too chase some goods including oil. Remember always that bailouts are bullish.

Yet yesterday's Energy Information Report wasn't really. The trade was shocked by a surprise build in commercial crude oil inventories which increased by 1.3 million barrels from the previous week. The expectations were that supply would fall as refiners and oil companies began to draw down inventory for year-end tax considerations.

The other big story from the report was distillate inventories. The EIA said that distillate fuel inventories increased by 2.5 million barrels last week and are in the lower limit of the average range for this time of year. David Bird, the man that mashes the statistics for Dow Jones, says that, "US output of distillate fuel (diesel/heating oil) rose 4.2% to a record 5.03M barrels/day last week, EIA data show, as weekly demand was 7% above a year ago at 3.92M. Exports have been very strong of late and the EIA estimates distillates averaged a daily record near 950K barrels. The production surge helped push inventories up 2.5M barrels last week and within 2.5% of the 5-year average, the narrowest gap since October."

Gasoline supply also surged increasing by 5.1 million barrels last week and are in the upper limit of the average range. Gasoline supply builds are the beneficiary of strong diesel demand and record distillate production. Total commercial petroleum inventories increased by 9.5 million barrels last week.

Still the overall outlook for oil is still bullish. The distillate production number indicates that refiners expect continuing strong global demand.

President Obama is still fighting the Keystone pipeline despite angering our neighbors to the North, Canada and despite the fact that the pipeline is favored by the majority of the American People. The President warned Republicans he'll veto an extension of the payroll tax if it includes a measure that forces the approval of the Keystone oil sands pipeline. Once again the President is putting his special interests ahead of US job creation and improving our nation's energy security.

Hello shale and goodbye to coal! In a must read in Today's Wall Street Journal it is reported that "naural gas will replace coal as the leading fuel for generating electricity in the U.S. by 2025, when it will also become the world's No. 2 overall fuel source thanks to its abundance and a drive for cleaner-burning energy, according to the latest long-term outlook from Exxon Mobil Corporation.

The closely watched study, set to be released Thursday, forecasts that global energy demand will grow about 30% by 2040 as the world population climbs to nine billion from seven billion.
Natural gas will overtake coal as the second-largest fuel source overall, ranking behind oil and powering everything from electrical plants to home-heating systems. But Exxon said coal use will continue to grow through 2025 around the world, primarily in developing nations such as China and India and the African continent, because economic growth will be fastest in emerging nations.
But thereafter coal use will start to drop, for the first time in history, according to the study, which Exxon uses to help its long-range planning. Key drivers in that expected drop in coal use will be growing demand for fuels that produce fewer greenhouse gases and a decline in China's population expected after 2030.

Exxon in recent years has moved to expand its natural-gas business, including the $25 billion purchase of U.S. shale-gas producer XTO Energy in 2010." Don't miss it!

The CME is looking into a new crude contract. The CME is thinking about a possible futures contract that could be physically settled with delivery to the Gulf Coast. Stay tuned!

I hate to say I told you so, but I did tell you that Libya's oil production would come back much faster than expected. The EIA confirmed that saying that pace of Libya's re-entry into world oil markets has exceeded our prior expectations and those of many other outside observers." {not mine!} While opinions vary significantly on the eventual trajectory for Libyan oil production, nearly all forecasts have steadily shifted upwards as the country's oil sector and related institutions continue to progress. The EIA says that "Libya's National Oil Corporation ( NOC ) claims to be on track to meet its goal of returning to pre-war crude oil production levels of 1.65 million barrels per day (bbl/d) by the end of 2012. Most analysts now expect production to reach anywhere between 1.0 and 1.6 million bbl/d during that timeframe. Based in part on developments in recent weeks (Table 1), the U.S. Energy Information Administration ( EIA ) expects that Libyan output may ramp up to 1 million bbl/d by the beginning of the second quarter of 2012. Thereafter, EIA expects crude oil production to plateau somewhat, increasing only gradually to about 1.2 million bbl/d by the end of 2012, along an uneven and non-linear path."

EIA gas report today! The street is looking for a 13 withdrawal! I say 3. Make sure you are getting the Power to Prosper and me every day. Tune into the Fox business Network! Also get a trial to my daily trade levels! Call me at 800-935-6487 or email me at pflynn@pfgbest.com .

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