Crude Oil Prices – Weekly Recap August 6-10

Crude oil prices rose during most of the week until Friday when both WTI and Brent oil prices slipped.  Further, the gap between Brent and WTI also expanded. The recent OPEC monthly report revealed a slight decline in the oil production of Iran but the overall OPEC oil production didn’t change much. 

The oil stockpiles declined again during the previous week by 1 M bl.  WTI oil increased by 1.61% during the week; Brent, by 3.68%. As a result, the gap between Brent and WTI reached $20.70/b on Friday. 

Here is a short analysis for the price changes in oil (Brent and WTI) between August 6th and August 10th and a summary of the latest EIA report on petroleum and oil stockpiles:

Oil Market – Weekly Summary

table oil prices - August 6-10  2012

WTI oil price (spot) increased during last week by 1.61%; its weekly average price rose by 4.53% to $93.09 per barrel, compared with last week’s $89.06 per barrel. The average daily percent change of oil price (WTI) was 0.32%.

NYMEX Oil Future (short term delivery) also increased by 1.61% during the week, and reached $92.87/b by Friday, August 10th.

Europe Brent oil also increased during the week by 3.68% and the average price by 4.94% compared with previous week’s average.

The difference between Brent and WTI spot expanded again during the week as it ranged between $18 and $20; its average premium reached $19.2; it finished the week at $20.70 – its highest level since the beginning of April 2012.

Oil Charts

In the following charts (for the week ending on August 10th) are the daily changes in WTI spot oil, NYMEX Future (short term delivery) and Brent oil:

The first chart presents the developments of WTI and Brent oil during last week: WTI and Brent oil had had an upward trend during most of the week.

oil WTI BRENT chart - August 6-10 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 6-10 2012

Oil Stockpiles –Review:

According to the recent EIA report on the American Petroleum and oil market, for the week ending on August 3rd, U.S. Petroleum stockpiles fell by 1 million bl and reached 1,800.3 million barrels.

The complete oil stockpiles review from August 8th.

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