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I've surprised people by saying that I am bullish on oil.
This morning, WTI crude - priced in New York - pushed above $99 per barrel. Brent crude is now trading at $108 per barrel.
It's almost like no one even notices.
First, the S&P 500 rally yesterday was not shocking. As I noted on Midday Momentum, the odds of a 100-point rate hike were north of 23% heading into the event. All of that short interest pricing in that big move had to be removed from the market.
We found ourselves yesterday in a position of "forced buying" or covering of shorts. Now that there isn't any real negative catalyst ahead (aside from a possible big CPI print), this rally could easily sustain and now pull even more capital off the sideline. All sectors benefit - especially the energy sector that experienced dramatic levels of shorting back in June and early July.
But there's another issue in the energy sector right now...
Let me explain.
Right now, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is set to travel to Taiwan.
If you haven't heard about this, let me update you.
China has threatened a possible military response if she travels there. China believes that Taiwan belongs to the Communist government. The United States views Taiwan as an independent entity.
The U.S. is now sending aircraft carriers toward Taiwan as a response.
If you have a possible military situation... you need oil...
Well... the United States petroleum reserves declined by another nine million barrels for the week of July 22. There was a six-million barrel pull from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
You see, the Biden administration keeps using our strategic oil supply to make it look more competent around gasoline prices. That reserve is not some magic candy jar that you keep pulling from.
We need it in the event... that say we have to fight a military battle.
In the United States, our petroleum inventory levels have declined in 80 of the last 108 weeks. We're down 438 MILLION barrels since the beginning of July 2020. So... it's not just this administration.
The U.S. now has the lowest seasonal levels of crude inventories since 2008.
What's worse? There is no plan or signal to the market that we will increase our production and fill our strategic reserves. So, yes... I'm long.
We'll look at how to win this moment in the World's Biggest Trade.
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- Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) will hold its institutional investor Summer Business Update. It would be great if some of those investors asked what the company even does anymore.
- BNP Paribas will host a quarterly fireside chat with Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) executives around the auto giant's Q2 earnings.
- This is a hectic day of earnings, with 181 companies on the docket. Headline earnings reports come from Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), Mastercard (NYSE: MA), Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU), Merck (NYSE: MRK), Tilray (NASDAQ: TLRY), and Warner Bros (NASDAQ: WBD).
I look forward to seeing you for Midday Momentum at 12:30pm ET. We will have a special guest joining us today so try not to miss it.
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About the Author
Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, and consultant with degrees from Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, and Indiana University. He is a seasoned financial and political risk analyst, with a focus on stocks, hedge funds, private equity, blockchain, and housing policy. He has conducted risk assessment projects for clients in 27 countries, and consulted on policy and financial operations for some of the nation's largest financial institutions, including a $1.5 trillion credit fund, a $43 billion credit and auto loan giant, as well as two of the largest Wall Street banks by assets under management.
Garrett joined Money Map Press as an economist and researcher in 2011, specializing in alternative strategies with an emphasis on fundamental and technical analysis.