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Sixth Straight Crude Inventory Build Tempers Prices

The American Petroleum Institute (API) on Tuesday reported its sixth straight week of crude oil inventory builds. This week, the API estimated the inventory build for crude oil to be 3.594 million barrels. But it’s the Cushing inventory yet again that is stealing the show this week.  

Despite the six weeks of builds, U.S. crude inventories are still 57 million barrels below where they were at the beginning of the year.

Analyst expectations for the week were for a build of 1.567-million barrels for the week.

In the previous week, the API reported a build in oil inventories of 2.318-million barrels, compared to the 1.650-million-barrel build that analysts had predicted.

Oil prices were trading down on Tuesday in the runup to the data release, with WTI sinking to $83.52 and Brent trading around $84.52 per barrel.  Both WTI and Brent were down .62% and .22%, respectively, at 4:27 p.m. EST.

U.S. oil production for the week ending October 22—the last week for which the Energy Information Administration has provided data—stayed the same at 11.3 million bpd—still 1.8 million bpd below the all-time high of 13.1 million bpd reached right before the pandemic took hold in the United States.

The API reported a draw in gasoline inventories of 552,000 barrels for the week ending October 29—compared to the previous week's 530,000-barrel build.

Distillate stocks saw an increase in inventories of 573,000 barrels for the week, on top of last week's 986,000-barrel increase.

Cushing inventories have already drawn down more than 30 million barrels so far this year.

And this week, the API reported yet another draw, of 882,000 barrels, on top of last week's 3.734-million-barrel decrease.

By Julianne Geiger for Oilprice.com

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  • George Doolittle on November 02 2021 said:
    See what comes of tomorrow but yes, absolutely true to say the US economy has adjusted to sustained high oil prices and has always been that way given the truly massive once extant New York Central Railroad.

    Speaking of steam power..

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