Crude Prices Fall Amid Rising Oil & Gasoline Inventories (USO)

From Julianne Geiger: The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a build of 933,000 barrels of United States crude oil inventories for the week ending February 23, according to the API data. Analysts had expected a larger build of 2.077 million barrels in crude oil inventories.

Last week, the American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a small draw of 907,000 barrels of crude oil, which this week more than offsets. Last week’s API report showed a build in gasoline inventories of 1.468 million barrels.

This week, the API reporting build for both crude oil and gasoline. The API reported a build of 1.914 million in gasoline stockpiles, compared to a 190,000-barrel draw that analysts had expected.

The WTI and Brent benchmarks were both down on Tuesday with WTI trading down $0.76 (-1.19%) at $63.15, while Brent trading down $0.66 (-0.98%) at $66.63 at 1:55pm EST. Despite the drop in prices today, both benchmarks are trading up from this same time last week.

While crude oil inventories built for the week, US crude oil production for week ending February 16 was largely unchanged this week, coming in at 10.270 million bpd, down just a hair from last week’s 10.271 million bpd.

Distillate inventories saw a draw this week of 1.437 million barrels. Analysts had forecast a smaller decline of 709,000 barrels.

Inventories at the Cushing, Oklahoma, site decreased by 1.277 million barrels this week.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration report on oil inventories is due to be released on Wednesday at 10:30am. EST, resuming its normal schedule after the holiday week.

The United States Oil Fund LP ETF (USO) rose $0.02 (+0.16%) in premarket trading Wednesday. Year-to-date, USO has gained 5.33%, versus a 2.84% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

USO currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of B (Buy), and is ranked #43 of 144 ETFs in the Commodity ETFs category.


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