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Oil Drops on Inventory Build


Crude oil prices moved lower today, after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported an estimated inventory increase of 3.7 million barrels for the week to June 7.

The change compared with a weekly build of 1.2 million barrels for the previous week that was also accompanied by builds in fuel inventories, pressuring benchmarks.

Last week, the EIA estimated more builds in gasoline and middle distillate inventories.

In gasoline, the authority reported an inventory build of 2.6 million barrels for the seven days to June 7, with production averaging 10.1 million barrels daily. This compared with an inventory build of 2.1 million barrels for the prior week, when production stood at an average 9.5 million barrels daily.

In middle distillates, the EIA reported an estimated inventory increase of 900,000 barrels for the week to June 7, with production averaging 5 million barrels daily. This compared with an inventory increase of 3.2 million barrels for the previous week, when production averaged 5.1 million bpd.

A day before the EIA reported its latest inventory moves, the American Petroleum Institute estimated a crude inventory decline of 2.43 million barrels for the week to June 7, pushing oil prices higher after a weak start to the week.

The climb was also powered by two energy reports—by OPEC and by the EIA—which sounded an optimistic note on oil demand on Tuesday.

In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, the EIA revised up its oil demand growth outlook from 900,000 bpd to 1.1 million bpd for this year. OPEC, meanwhile, maintained its forecast for demand growth of over 2 million barrels daily.

“Despite announcing last week that it will start to phase out some of the voluntary cuts later this year, its forecasts suggest it should be easily accepted by the market,” ANZ analysts wrote in a note after the release of OPEC’s latest Monthly Oil Market Report, as quoted by Reuters.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

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  • George Doolittle on June 12 2024 said:
    Great set up for the Summer for clearly no energy shortages quite the opposite. Food costs in the USA are still crazy high tho. Long $t AT&T strong buy.
  • bill vickers on June 12 2024 said:
    I do not know why se even acknowledge the EIA ESTIMATE any more. It is never legitimate, when they do a correction a week or month later it is no longer valid, useful data, and it is based on the direction they receive from the DOE, not reality. A lot of people are being unreasonable swindled by their baseless estimates.
  • Mamdouh Salameh on June 12 2024 said:
    As expected and on cue the minute oil prices started to rise, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced an inventory increase of 3.7 million barrels for the week to June 7.

    This is one of the tools the United States uses to manipulate the market for the purpose if depressing oil prices for the benefit of its economy. The other tools are:

    1- Using SPR oil to Flood the global oil market..

    2-The IEA given the nod to falsify reports casting doubts over the health of global oil demand..

    3- Encouraging oil traders to release large volumes of their oil reserves to depress prices.

    4- The EIA announcing rises in US production. These are normally hyped figures aimed at depressing oil prices.

    If this isn't deliberate manipulation of the market, what is?

    Yet since the founding of OPEC 64 years ago in Baghdad, the United States has never stopped even for one second accusing the organization falsely of manipulating production and prices for the benefit of its members.

    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

    However, as always. the impact will be short-lived with prices resuming their surge shortly.

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