• 4 minutes Oil Price Editorial: Beware Of Saudi Oil Tanker Sabotage Stories
  • 7 minutes Mueller Report Brings Into Focus Obama's Attempted Coup Against Trump
  • 11 minutes Magic of Shale: EXPORTS!! Crude Exporters Navigate Gulf Coast Terminal Constraints
  • 14 minutes Wonders of Shale- Gas,bringing investments and jobs to the US
  • 3 hours Trump bogged down in Mideast quagmire. US spent $Trillions, lost Thousands of lives, and lost goodwill. FOR WHAT? US interests ? WHAT INTEREST ? . . . . China greatest threat next 50 years.
  • 2 hours Why is Strait of Hormuz the World's Most Important Oil Artery
  • 4 hours Another surprise 'build'
  • 6 hours Struggle For Supremacy: Kremlin Condemns Alleged U.S. Ultimatum To Turkey Over Missile Deal
  • 11 hours Solar Cheaper than Coal
  • 3 hours Apple Bid To Buy Tesla in 2013 For $240 a Share
  • 10 mins Level-Headed Analysis of the Future of U.S. Shale Oil Industry
  • 3 hours CLIMATE PANIC! ELEVENTY!!! "250,000 people die a year due to the climate crisis"
  • 2 hours California's Oil Industry Collapses Despite Shale Boom
  • 3 hours IMO 2020 could create fierce competition for scarce water resources
  • 3 hours IMO2020 To scrub or not to scrub
  • 8 hours Compensation For A Trade War: Argentina’s Financial Crisis Creates An Opportunity For China
  • 4 hours Global Warming Making The Rich Richer
  • 17 hours Misunderstanding between USA and Iran the cause of current stand off, I call BS
  • 13 hours Rural and Conservative: Polish Towns Go 'LGBT free' Ahead Of Bitter European Election Campaign

API Reports Biggest Crude Oil Build in 3 Months, Significant Gasoline Draw

Offshore rig

Adding another shock to the already volatile market in contradiction of analyst expectations, the American Petroleum Institute (API) is reporting a significant increase today in its weekly U.S. crude inventory report of 2.09 million barrels, following a volatile day of trading.

Markets will also be responding to the API’s report of a 3.9-million-barrel drop in gasoline stockpiles and a 1.5-million-barrel draw for distillates.

Analysts are expecting that the Energy Information Administration (EIA) will report a 1.0-million-barrel drop in U.S. crude oil inventories when it releases its official weekly data on Wednesday, but the API data lends greater uncertainty to these forecasts.

Last week, the official U.S. crude oil inventory report showed an unexpected rise in crude stockpiles by 1.4 million barrels, while analysts had expected the opposite.

The day before the official figures last week, the API reported a 1.3-million-barrel draw in crude oil supplies.

API and EIA data have frequently been contradictory in recent months.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was at US$42.77 at the time of writing, while Brent was at US$45.03 per barrel.

Oil prices fell Tuesday after government forecasters raised their U.S. domestic production outlook and the initial optimism faded over news of another OPEC meeting next month.

Crude oil futures are now down around 15 percent from mid-June, when we hit $50 and sparked a slight revival in production in the U.S.

Ahead of the API and EIA data, analysts were also predicting that gasoline inventories would be down by 1.2 million barrels.

In its short-term energy outlook, the EIA said it expected a smaller decline of 700,000 bpd in crude oil production in the U.S. for this year, down from its earlier forecast of an 820,000 bpd decline due to increased drilling activities.

By Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment
  • Kr55 on August 09 2016 said:
    Imports have really made the inventory reports a wild ride. Asia trying to dump gasoline into the USA to try to make money off driving season. Crude storage that has been sitting for months but never counted being brought to land and finally counted because the contango narrowed. Lots of unpredictable sources that can make those inventory numbers bounce up or down without warning.

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News