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Oil Moves Down on Inventory Rise


Crude oil prices were in the red today after the Energy Information Administration reported an inventory build of 3.2 million barrels for the week to March 22.

This compared with a draw of 2 million barrels for the previous week, when the EIA also estimated a sizeable draw in gasoline inventories, which helped support prices.

This week, the API inventory report that came out on Tuesday pushed prices lower as it estimated an inventory build in crude oil of over 9.3 million barrels for the week to March 22.

For the week to March 22, the EIA reported more mixed changes in fuels.

Gasoline stocks added 1.3 million barrels over the reporting period, with production averaging 9.2 million bpd. This compared with a draw of 3.3 million barrels for the previous week, when production stood at a daily average of 9.6 million barrels.

In middle distillates, the authority estimated an inventory decline of 1.2 million barrels for the week to March 22, with production averaging 4.8 million barrels daily.

This compared with a modest inventory build of 600,000 barrels for the previous week, when production averaged 4.7 million barrels daily.

Oil prices that fell on Tuesday, meanwhile, continued depressed on Wednesday despite expectations that OPEC+ will leave its production policy untouched at it next meeting in early April.

"A sharp rise in U.S. crude inventories and expectations for a potential inaction by OPEC+ in its output policy next week saw further unwinding in oil prices in today’s session, as profit-taking accelerates following a strong rally in mid-March," IG analyst Jun Rong Yeap told Reuters.

“We should see a slightly tighter market in the second quarter, given OPEC+’s voluntary cuts are being extended,” Sean Lim, analyst with Malaysian RHB Investment Bank, told Bloomberg. He noted, however, that prices were getting less sensitive to news from OPEC+.

What they are getting more sensitive to, on the other hand, is suggestions of tighter supply on the horizon, including as a result of OPEC+ action. In the early months of the cuts most traders assumed there was plenty of supply around to offset them but now analysts are starting to predict a deficit, including the International Energy Agency.


By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

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  • Mike Lewicki on March 27 2024 said:
    fair writing thank you
  • Mamdouh Salameh on March 27 2024 said:
    This repetitive pattern of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) announcing a build in US oil inventories every time prices start to trend upwards can't be coincidental.

    Long time ago I reached the conclusion that this practice isn't coincidental but is a tool the EIA uses deliberately to depress oil prices.

    For years, the United States has been orchestrating the manipulation of the oil market and involving the IEA, speculators and oil traders to depress oil prices for the benefit of its economy.

    Other than this tool, the US has many tools at its disposal:

    1- Hiking the dollar interest rates to cause its value to appreciate against other major currencies thus depressing demand for oil..

    2- Announcements by the EIA about excessively hyped rises in US oil production.

    3- Flooding the market with SPR oil.

    4- Publication of fabricated energy data by the IEA aimed at casting doubt about the strength of global oil demand or suggesting a glut in the market or forecasting low demand growth rates.

    And yet, the United States has never once ceased to accuse OPEC since its founding in 1960 with manipulating prices and production for the benefit of its members.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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