Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Night Futures

by Bill McBride on 1/11/2015 08:40:00 PM

Professor Hamilton estimates almost half the decline in oil prices are due to demand factors: Demand factors in the collapse of oil prices

[O]f the $55 drop in the price of oil since the start of July, about $24, or 44%, seems attributable to broader demand factors rather than anything specific happening to the oil market. That’s almost the same percentage as when I performed the calculation using data that we had available a month ago.

So what’s been happening on the supply side of oil markets is important. But so is what’s been happening on the demand side.
Its important to remember that both the supply and demand curves for oil are very steep, so small changes in either supply or demand can cause large changes in price.

• At 10:00 AM ET: The Fed will release the monthly Labor Market Conditions Index (LMCI).

Schedule for Week of January 11, 2015

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From CNBC: Pre-Market Data and Bloomberg futures: currently S&P futures are down 4 and DOW futures are down 25 (fair value).

Oil prices were down over the last week with WTI futures at $47.69 per barrel and Brent at $49.58 per barrel.  A year ago, WTI was at $93, and Brent was at $107 - so prices are down 49% and 54% year-over-year respectively.

Below is a graph from for nationwide gasoline prices. Nationally prices are around $2.13 per gallon (down about $1.13 per gallon from a year ago).  If you click on "show crude oil prices", the graph displays oil prices for WTI, not Brent; gasoline prices in most of the U.S. are impacted more by Brent prices.

Orange County Historical Gas Price Charts Provided by