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WTI Sinks After Surprise Crude Inventory Build

WTI has roller-coastered higher since last week's 'bullish' API report and rose today for the 6th of the last 7 days (on Saudi cut hype). While many eyes are on record high shale production, the recent trend in inventory draws remains key but API upset that dream briefly as Crude saw an unexpected build (+1.628mm vs -3.5mm exp). Gasoline and Distillates saw major draws (much bigger than expected) and Cushing saw its first build in 8 weeks.

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VIX To Double Within A Year, Natixis Warns

Vol-sellers beware. That's the message from Natixis Global Asset Management’s Brett Olsen and Nicholas J. Elward, in their latest note, as they warn "it stands to reason that the market will see a reversion to the mean and find the VIX trading in the 20+ range before too long."

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The "Diplomatic Quagmire" In Qatar Deepens 3 Days Before The Saudi Ultimatum Expires

While the Qatar crisis may have slipped from the front pages, the diplomatic standoff continues to deteriorate with the latest escalation emerging yesterday, when the UAE’s ambassador to Moscow gave an interview to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, revealing the steely resolve of the Gulf States, led by Saudi Arabia, who initially brought their charges and subsequent sanctions to bear on the tiny country.

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"That Must Not Happen": Germany Threatens US With Retaliation Over New Russia Sanctions

One day after the Senate almost unanimously passed a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia, an unexpected outcry against the US decision emerged from two of America's closest allies, Germany and Austria, who yesterday slammed the new sanctions and accused the U.S. of having ulterior motives in seeking to enforce the energy blockade, which they said is trying to help American natural gas suppliers at the expense of their Russian rivals. And they warned the threat of fining European companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 project "introduces a completely new, very negative dimension into European-American relations."

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