Following up yesterdays post regarding what we see happening in the crude oil market we were happy to see the inventory numbers come out this morning and once again confirm what we have been seeing, namely that until Contango narrow significantly or goes away entirely there will be a large incentive for large energy traders to buy oil in the cash market and sell a forward contract to lock in a gain.
With Contango at 10% from the current month out to August there is a huge incentive for large speculators like global macro and energy funds as well as oil companies that have extra storage capacity to put this trade on and just sit on the oil until it has to be delivered.
Here is a chart of oil inventory data and as you can see we are at highs not seen since 1990.
Weekly US Crude Inventory
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