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Huge Jump In Crude Inventories Sends Oil Prices Tumbling

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has reported a major inventory build of 12.940 million barrels in U.S. crude inventories, compared to last week’s 4.210-million-barrel draw.

Analysts were expecting a build for the week—although a much smaller one of 1.3 million barrels. The total number of barrels of crude oil moves so far this year is just 4.4 million, according to API data.

On Monday, the Department of Energy (DoE) reported that crude oil inventories in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) stayed the same last week, with the SPR inventory still sitting at a near 40-year low of 351.3 million barrels, with total purchases for the SPR coming in at less than 4 million barrels since the Biden Administration began its buyback program.

Oil prices were trading down ahead of API data release, with Brent trading down 1.81% at $86.06 at 4:30 p.m. ET—a nearly $8 dip week over week, while WTI was trading down on the day at 2.64%, at $83.70. WTI is down more than $7 per barrel from this same time last week.

Gasoline inventories rose this week by 3.645 million barrels, on top of the 3.946 million barrel build in the week prior. Gasoline inventories are roughly 1% more than the five-year average for this time of year. Distillate inventories fell by 3.535 barrels, compared to the 349,000-barrel build in the week prior, and are now about 13% below the five-year average for this time of year.

Cushing inventories fell this week by 547,000 barrels, after climbing by 705,000 barrels last week.

By Julianne Geiger for Oilprice.com

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  • Mike Lewicki on October 11 2023 said:
    why don't you report the reason

    refinery maintenance and the great people in the oil and gas sector in North America who kept North America running during covid and beyond with limited maintenance.

    now we need maintenance
  • George Doolittle on October 11 2023 said:
    See what the EIA says tomorrow. No problem finding quality Das Auto for sale 2023 Model Year 2024 now. Prices are at nosebleed levels tho although #irony Tesla pure BEV is cutting prices big time.
  • Mamdouh Salameh on October 11 2023 said:
    The minute crude oil prices start to rise either as a result of robust demand or geopolitical risk of disruption of supplies or war premium, either the American Petroleum Institute (API) or the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) would waste no time before announcing a build in US crude oil inventory. It always come on cue.

    This couldn’t be a coincidence because coincidences couldn’t be so punctual. If so then the most probable explanation is a deliberate manipulation of the oil inventory to depress oil prices.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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