For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – April 23, 2021 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Marathon Oil Corporation (
MRO Quick Quote MRO - Free Report) , Diamondback Energy, Inc. ( FANG Quick Quote FANG - Free Report) , Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY Quick Quote OXY - Free Report) , ONEOK, Inc. ( OKE Quick Quote OKE - Free Report) and ExxonMobil Corporation ( XOM Quick Quote XOM - Free Report) . Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog: Oil Price Slips as EIA Reports Unexpected Inventory Build
U.S. oil prices slid on Wednesday, as rising inventories and a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in India outweighed stronger gasoline demand and a decline in distillate supplies. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, WTI crude futures lost $1.32 or 2.1%, to settle at $61.35 a barrel.
Below we review the EIA's Weekly Petroleum Status Report for the week ending Apr 16.
Analyzing the Latest EIA Report Crude Oil: The federal government's EIA report revealed that crude inventories rose by 594,000 barrels compared with expectations of a 4.4 million barrel decline. A drop in downstream demand primarily accounted for the surprise stockpile build with the world's biggest oil consumer. This puts total domestic stocks at 493 million barrels — 4.9% less than the year-ago figure but 1% higher than the five-year average.
On a somewhat positive note, the latest report showed that supplies at the Cushing terminal (the key delivery hub for U.S. crude futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange) were down 1.3 million barrels to 45.4 million barrels.
Meanwhile, the crude supply cover was down from 33.1 days in the previous week to 33 days. In the year-ago period, the supply cover was 38.7 days.
Let's turn to the products now.
Gasoline: Gasoline supplies increased for the third week in a row. The 85,000 barrels build is attributable to an increase in imports even as demand jumped to the highest since August. Analysts had forecast gasoline inventories to rise by 800,000 million barrels. At 235 million barrels, the current stock of the most widely used petroleum product is 10.7% less than the year-earlier level and 3% below the five-year average range. Distillate: Distillate fuel supplies (including diesel and heating oil) fell for the second consecutive week. The decrease of 1.1 million barrels reflected lower production and imports. Meanwhile, the market looked for a supply drop of 1.3 million barrels. Current inventories — at 142.4 million barrels — are 4% higher than the year-ago level and 2% more than the five-year average. Refinery Rates: Refinery utilization, at 85%, remained unchanged from the prior week. Wrapping Up
Oil prices settled lower on Wednesday following an unexpected build in inventories after three weeks of decline. Crude was also dragged down by record-high COVID-19 cases in densely populated countries like India that heightened worries about energy demand.
The commodity, however, has spent much of the past few months trading higher on continued vaccine-related developments and their successful deployment around the world, offering hope of an earlier-than-expected pickup in demand. The OPEC+ cartel's calibrated production policy has also driven up oil.
In its recent meeting, member countries of the OPEC+ group — a coalition between OPEC countries under kingpin Saudi Arabia and non-members led by Russia — decided to gradually loosen the output cuts from May through July, reflecting their confidence in the fuel's demand. Easing coronavirus infections in the United States, signs of robust demand in the world's second-largest oil consumer, China, and the passage of the $1.9-trillion stimulus bill are the other positives in the oil story.
The renewed confidence can be gauged from the fact that the Zacks Oil/Energy sector has gained 12.4% so far this year, outperforming the S&P 500 Index's 10.9% appreciation. In fact, some of the major gainers of the S&P 500 this year include energy-related names like
Marathon Oil, Diamondback Energy, Occidental Petroleum, ONEOK and ExxonMobil.
Marathon is the top-performing energy stock with a gain of 56.52%, followed by Diamondback (55.50%), Occidental (41.25%), EOG (38.28%), ONEOK (35.90%) and ExxonMobil (35.86%).
You can see
. the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here Bitcoin, Like the Internet Itself, Could Change Everything
Blockchain and cryptocurrency has sparked one of the most exciting discussion topics of a generation. Some call it the "Internet of Money" and predict it could change the way money works forever. If true, it could do to banks what Netflix did to Blockbuster and Amazon did to Sears. Experts agree we're still in the early stages of this technology, and as it grows, it will create several investing opportunities.
Zacks' has just revealed 3 companies that can help investors capitalize on the explosive profit potential of Bitcoin and the other cryptocurrencies with significantly less volatility than buying them directly.
See 3 crypto-related stocks now >>
Zacks Investment Research
800-767-3771 ext. 9339
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment is the potential for loss
. This material is being provided for informational purposes only and nothing herein constitutes investment, legal, accounting or tax advice, or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a security. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. It should not be assumed that any investments in securities, companies, sectors or markets identified and described were or will be profitable. All information is current as of the date of herein and is subject to change without notice. Any views or opinions expressed may not reflect those of the firm as a whole. Zacks Investment Research does not engage in investment banking, market making or asset management activities of any securities. These returns are from hypothetical portfolios consisting of stocks with Zacks Rank = 1 that were rebalanced monthly with zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual portfolios of stocks. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index. Visit https://www.zacks.com/performance for information about the performance numbers displayed in this press release.