Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Thursday: Weekly Unemployment Claims

by Bill McBride on 2/13/2013 09:13:00 PM

Jim Hamilton at Econbrowser discusses Brent, WTI, and the price of gasoline: Prices of gasoline and crude oil

West Texas Intermediate is a particular grade of crude oil whose price is usually quoted in terms of delivery in Cushing, Oklahoma. Brent is a very similar crude from Europe's North Sea. As similar products, you'd expect them to sell for close to the same price, and up until 2010 they usually did. But an increase in production in Canada and the central U.S. combined with a decrease in U.S. consumption has led to a surplus of oil in the central U.S. This overwhelmed existing infrastructure for cheap transportation of crude from Cushing to the coast, causing a big spread to develop between the prices of WTI and Brent.
See Hamilton's discussion for more ...

Thursday economic releases:
• At 8:30 AM ET, the initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for claims to decrease to 360 thousand from 366 thousand last week.

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