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Oil Holds Near 7-Year High on Surprise Drop in U.S. Stockpiles

CommoditiesOct 21, 2021 09:16
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(Bloomberg) -- Oil held gains near the highest level in seven years after a surprise decline in U.S. crude stockpiles. 

Futures in New York traded above $83 a barrel after climbing more than 1% on Wednesday. U.S. crude inventories fell by 431,000 barrels last week, according to government data, compared with a Bloomberg survey that had forecast a fourth weekly increase. Fuel inventories also slid more than expected.

See also: No Relief at the Pump in Sight With U.S. Gasoline Demand Surging

The market has tightened significantly recently as coal and natural gas shortages drive greater crude consumption, underpinning a rally in prices. Saudi Arabia said any extra oil from OPEC+ would do little to tame surging gas prices, predicting oil demand may rise by 500,000 to 600,000 barrels a day if the northern hemisphere’s winter is colder than normal.

U.S. gasoline stockpiles fell by 5.37 million barrels for a second weekly draw, while distillates decreased by 3.91 million barrels, the Energy Information Administration reported on Wednesday. Crude inventories at the key storage hub of Cushing slid by 2.32 million barrels to the lowest level since 2018.

India became the second major Asian oil importer this week to sound the alarm over high crude prices. The global economic recovery will become fragile if prices aren’t “predictable, stable and affordable,” Oil Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said at the CERAWeek India Energy Forum on Wednesday, echoing the sentiments of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

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Oil Holds Near 7-Year High on Surprise Drop in U.S. Stockpiles
 

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