Brent crude posted yet another loss on Wednesday and hence hit the lowest level so far in 2012. The front month contract lost 3 percent and was trading even below 105 USD per barrel (USD/bbl) level for the first time since mid December last year. Brent is therefore set to post the largest losses in two years.
Today, the EIA will release its set of weekly data. Crude inventories are expected to grow in 10th straight week. Regarding the monthly data released yesterday, it showed even lower demand for oil products in March than suggested by weekly data (by 6.3% Y/Y vs. 5.2% Y/Y). However, the main focus will probably be on the lingering euro zone crisis.
LME 3M copper fell further on Wednesday and for the first time in nearly five months was seen below 7500 USD per ton (USD/t) level. The main drivers behind yesterday’s risk off session were signs that China isn’t ready to start stimulating its economy and more euro gloom.
As for China’s consumption of the red metal, it remains rather muted. Although the front-end of the curve at Shanghai Futures Exchange turned into a slight backwardation, the level of stocks remains well above the five year average.