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Large Crude Build Pours Cold Water On Oil Price Rally

  • Larger than expected crude build sinks WTI crude prices
  • EIA reported gasoline draw comes in lower than API's

Crude oil prices ticked lower today after the Energy Information Administration reported a crude oil inventory build of 6.1 million barrels for the week to October 8.

At 427 million barrels, inventories are below the five-year average, but even though this has been a fact for a few weeks now, it has not stopped the climb in gasoline prices.

Gasoline inventory builds have also failed to put a lid on prices at the pump in the past couple of weeks. For last week, the EIA estimated a 2-million-barrel draw in gasoline stocks.

This compared with a combined build of 3.5 million barrels for the two prior weeks.

In middle distillates, the EIA reported no inventory change for the week to October, which compared with a build of 400,000 barrels for the previous week. Distillate fuel inventories are about 9 percent below the five-year average.

Gasoline production averaged 9.6 million bpd last week, and middle distillate production averaged 4.7 million bpd.

These compared with gasoline production of 9.4 million bpd a week earlier, and middle distillate production of 4.6 million bpd.

In total, refineries processed 15.1 million bpd of crude oil last week, the EIA said in its weekly report. This compared with 15.7 million bpd a week earlier. Imports averaged 6 million bpd, which compared with 7 million bpd in the previous week.

At the time of writing oil prices were up, with Brent crude trading at $83.85 per barrel and West Texas Intermediate changing hands for $80.98 per barrel as the latest surge in prices continued.

Benchmarks are trading at multi-year highs because of the energy crunch that has pushed the prices of all fossil fuels much higher than many expected. Brent crude has been rising for five weeks in a row now, according to Reuters, and WTI has been recording even stronger performance, rising for seven consecutive weeks.


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  • KENNETH CHANG on October 14 2021 said:
    It's funny how the fossil fuel industry, they just have to raise the price indefinitely, even if it crashes the economy, bravo. Take a look at chip industry and TSMC OK? Please learn what is a responsible player.
  • George Doolittle on October 14 2021 said:
    More great news for Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Montana, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska...probably missed more than a few other US States that have won big from this energy lottery thing that's been going on inside the USA for 20 Years now.

    The US Fed Chair Powell *HAS* raised interest rates in the past should be noted...indeed has been noted by the World.

    At some point the US Federal Reserve will start to raise interest rates again thus putting even more cash in these States' coffers.

    I would think Alabama and Louisiana would be super rich from this news as well but so far that really hasn't been the case.

    Anyhow these are really high prices so I'm surprised production in the USA remains by USA standards so modest.

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