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Friday August 31, 2018

In the latest edition of the Numbers Report, we’ll take a look at some of the most interesting figures put out this week in the energy sector. Each week we’ll dig into some data and provide a bit of explanation on what drives the numbers.

Let’s take a look.

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Key Takeaways

- Crude inventories dipped more than expected, helping to push up oil prices this week.

- Unlike in previous weeks, imports remain subdued.

- Gasoline demand was up sharply, and stocks were down, another bullish sign.

1. Midland discount rises to more than $20 per barrel

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- The discount for Midland WTI relative to WTI in Houston surpassed $20 per barrel in recent days.
- That means that for oil producers in West Texas who have not secured pipeline space or hedge for their production, they are selling their oil on the spot market somewhere in the mid-$40s per barrel, while WTI sits near $70.
- The pipeline crunch is expected to grow worse this year as more output comes online, which means the discount is not going away.
- This will damage cash flow for Permian drillers for the next few quarters, and they should underperform E&Ps focused on the Eagle Ford and Bakken for the next year or so.

2. Argentina’s peso crashes again

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- Argentina’s peso has lost more than 50 percent of its value…

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