Crude Oil Prices – Weekly Recap August 27-31

Crude oil prices didn’t do much during most of the week despite the expectations that hurricane Isaac might have adversely affected the oil market in the U.S. The gap between Brent and WTI slightly shrunk again during last week. The oil stockpiles rose during last week by 4.6 M bl.  WTI oil rose by 0.65% during the week; Brent, by 0.28%. As a result, the gap between Brent and WTI reached $18.99/b on Friday. 

Here is a short analysis for the price changes in oil (Brent and WTI) between August 27th and August 31st and a summary of the recent EIA review on petroleum and oil stockpiles:

Oil Market – Weekly Summary

table oil prices - August 27-31  2012

WTI oil price (spot) increased during last week by 0.65%; its weekly average price decreased by 0.58% to $96.68 per barrel, compared to last week. The average daily percent change of oil price (WTI) was 0.14%.

NYMEX Oil Future (short term delivery) also increased by 0.33% during the week, and reached $96.47/b by Friday, August 31st.

Europe Brent oil also edged up during the week by 0.28% but the average price fell by 1.68% compared with previous week’s average.

The difference between Brent and WTI spot slightly declined during the week; the difference ranged between $17 and $19; its average premium reached $18.16; it finished the week at $18.99.

Oil Charts

In the following charts (for the week ending on August 31st) are the daily shifts in WTI spot oil, NYMEX Future (short term delivery) and Brent oil:

The first chart presents the changes of WTI and Brent oil during last week: WTI and Brent oil remained nearly unchanged during most of the week.

oil WTI BRENT chart - August 27-31  2012

In the second chart are the daily percent changes (i.e. shifts around the trend) of oil prices (WTI spot oil, WTI future, Brent spot):

oil chart WTI Brent - percent change  August 27-31 2012

Oil Stockpiles –Review:

According to the recent EIA report on the American Petroleum and oil market, for the week ending on August 24th, U.S. Petroleum stockpiles rose by 3 million bl and reached 1,797.3 million barrels.

The complete oil stockpiles review from August 30th.

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