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Oil Rebounds After Hitting Multi-Month Lows On Surprise Inventory Build-Up

ByBhavik Nair

Aug 4, 2022
Oil Rebounds After Hitting Multi-Month Lows On Surprise Inventory Build-Up


Oil prices rebounded slightly on Thursday morning in Asia trading after falling to multi-month lows earlier on the back of a sudden rise in inventories that signaled a fall in U.S. demand.

What Happened: U.S. crude inventories rose by 4.5 million barrels to 426.6 million barrels in the week ended July 29, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Gasoline stocks also recorded a surprise build as demand faltered. 

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Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub for U.S. futures increased by 926,000 barrels during the week, Reuters reported.

Expert Take: “You would expect exports to supersize while the Brent/WTI was flying off the handle, but exports are down over a million barrels on the week,” Bob Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho, said, as per the report.

Supply Side Developments: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies including Russia, called the OPEC+, decided to increase the group’s output target by 100,000 barrels/day from September.

Price Action: West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures rose 0.58% and were trading close to the $91.19/barrel mark. Brent futures gained 0.42% to trade at $97.19/barrel. Earlier, both benchmarks had fallen to their weakest levels since February.

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Image and article originally from www.benzinga.com. Read the original article here.