Oil prices dipped, as trade war fears went away on a private report that might indicate that crude oil supplies may see a big increase this week. Genscape, the widely followed energy market data, and intelligence company reported that oil supply in Cushing Oklahoma was up 2.18 million barrels last week. The increase and the fact that some of the Geo-Political concerns did not actually blow up into a supply disruption over the weekend led to a correction in the oil price.

Still, with refining margins on the rise and a tightening global oil market, a one-week build will not be enough to break the oil markets upward momentum. Refining margins were higher across the board in the U.S. last week, as refined products price gains outpaced a climb in crude supply costs, an analysis of S&P Global Platts data showed Monday. Oil should mount a comeback even though there may be some trepidation about this week’s crude data. Global demand continues to rise as OPEC is still resolved to keep oil on the upswing and not allow another glut to grow.

Last week Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih proposed to keep production cuts in place to get supplies back to the seven-year average, as opposed to the five-year average, which would call for an even larger reduction of oversupply. Of course, he may be playing with fire as the risk of over tightening the market leading to a price spike that could hurt global growth may be increasing. Still, that prospect is down the line and not to be worried about as we see refiners ramp up production to meet demand.

This comes as the Energy Information Administration feels compelled to defend their data on oil production, as they are getting a lot of flack from people inside and outside of the industry. The EIA explains why they feel that data that is coming out of the Texas Railroad Commission, that is showing much less production, is behind.

The EIA writes that “Crude oil and lease condensate production data for Texas, published by EIA in its Petroleum Supply Monthly (PSM) and by the Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC), reflect differences in the treatment of incomplete and lagged data. Data published by state agencies are often incomplete when first published, because of a combination of late reporting and processing delays.

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