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Pardon me for interrupting your day with more commentary. But I must opine — the calamitous drop in the oils has little to do with the war in Ukraine being a non-event of things in Russia so desperate — they’re selling oil cheaply to India who then is selling it back to Europe — because tricks. I still believe, in spite of what the markets are doing, the market is also pricing in a sharp decline in global growth. Even though Chinese stocks are up today and everyone is merry and gay, there is a pricing mechanism in oil that is abundantly clear: SLOWER GROWTH AHEAD.

This is why we are also seeing a WEAKENING of bond yields. Since inflation has been defeated, the Fed can stop hiking and also being cutting rates.

All fantasy.

But what I wonder is — are the oils done going up?

Above is a seasonality chart inside Stocklabs. You can clearly see oil is very seasonal. This is data stretching back 40 years. Oil does not go up in the summer and the fall. Oil goes up, traditionally, in the winter and again in the spring. Once the diving season is upon you — it’s already too late.

Now I am not suggesting you should sell your oils here. As a matter of fact, I like their values. But don’t expect grandiose returns unless something tangible happens in Europe that causes a supply disruption.

The pricing of energy is correct because that’s what the market says. Arguing against the market is almost always a losing proposition. At times you can trade ahead of the market; but generally speaking — following trends is better and more conducive with being a normal person in society.

For long term accounts, having 10-20% of a portfolio in oils and/or other commodities is mandatory for balanced accounts. But the trade now and has been for the past two weeks: long the consumer because the world isn’t ending yet.

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  1. soupbone

    There is a bias towards inflation being self-deflating once covid and Ukraine war effects are past. And that central banks will not have to jolt too hard to have a nice outcome in due course. The debate will go on for a long while or until something makes it clearly a wrong viewpoint.

    The oils are better when they can make good returns under the radar as opposed to centre stage like 1973, 2008 where they can and will crush an economy via an energy shock.

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  2. soupbone

    Counter-intuitive but it seems the Biden WH has conjured up a better oil price and market environment for the producers than the Trump WH. Oddly, the actions of the ESG-Davos-DNC crowd have made quite acceptable business conditions for oil and gas.

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  3. Mr. Cain Thaler

    Looking at SPR numbers, I’m inclined to believe oil is trading down because – in addition to seasonal factors stated – the Biden administration is dumping oil and working reporting to drive energy costs lower for November.

    But the structural imbalance is quite large and unless the economy craters this will give way to higher prices, probably in the fall. Any attempt to fix a structural supply imbalance with a stockpile is stupid and self defeating. And on the data front, despite constant guessing to the contrary, demand and manufacturing numbers keep coming in resilient. We aren’t in a major recession yet we have at most some GDP destruction and job losses at the margins.

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