EIA stock draw fails to support crude prices

04 August 2010 16:27  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Crude oil rose by about 25 cents on Wednesday, briefly recouping some of the earlier losses, when this week’s US stock figures showed a larger-than-expected draw in crude, although this was tempered by an unexpected build in gasoline and a larger-than-anticipated build in distillates.

September NYMEX light sweet crude futures rose from around $82.20/bbl before the figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) were published to around $82.45/bbl, a loss of 10 cents from the previous close of $82.55/bbl and well short of the earlier high of $82.85/bbl.

However, it then lost ground again and at 14:40 GMT, September NYMEX crude was trading around $82.15/bbl, down 40 cents from the previous close.

On the ICE futures exchange, September Brent also briefly gained ground, rising from around $82.20/bbl before the figures were published to around $82.40/bbl.

At 14:40 GMT, September Brent was trading around $82.10/bbl, down 58 cents from the previous close of $82.68/bbl.

Analysts’ predictions for this week’s US stock figures were that they would show draws in crude stocks of about 1.4m bbl and in gasoline of around 400,000 bbl, but a build in distillates of around 1.2m bbl.

The figures from the American Petroleum Institute (API) were published late on 3 August.

US stocks

(million bbl)

w/e 30.08.10

 

 

 

 

EIA

Change

API

Change

Crude

358.0

-2.8

354.9

-0.8

Gasoline

223.0

+0.7

225.0

+2.3

RFG

1.5

-0.2

1.9

-0.2

Distillate

169.7

+2.2

163.4

+1.1

Heating Oil

50.1

+1.0

48.6

+0.5

Jet Kerosene

48.7

+0.4

45.8

-0.2

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