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Crude Stockpiles Climbed 594,000 Barrels Last Week: EIA

Commodities39 minutes ago (Apr 21, 2021 11:35AM ET)

(C) Reuters.

By Liz Moyer — — U.S. oil stockpiles unexpectedly climbed in the latest week, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.

Crude inventories rose 594,000 barrels last week, compared with analysts’ expectations for a draw of 2.985 million barrels.

Distillate stockpiles, which include diesel and heating oil, dropped 1.074 million barrels in the week against expectations for a draw of 956,000 barrels, the EIA data showed.

“This weekly dataset is certainly poorer compared to the last one although it isn’t shockingly bad in any way,” said analyst Barani Krishnan. “The headline number shows without doubt a build of almost 600,000 barrels compared to the draw of nearly 3 million that was expected. It’s also a let down for any bull expecting a continued narrative of draws after the previous week’s 6 million barrel pull. Mind you, this build came despite crude imports falling by nearly half a million barrels a day for the week, or a total of around 3.5 million. That said, the fuel inventory numbers continue to look decent as per expectations, with distillates drawing just about what was thought and gasoline barely registering a build despite the 500,000 additional barrels expected there.”

Refinery crude runs were down 286,000 barrels. The weekly refinery utilization rate was unchanged, according to the EIA report.

Gasoline inventories rose 86,000 barrels last week the EIA said, compared with expectations for a 464,000-barrel build.

“To sum up, it’s volatility to a certain degree if you were to compare the latest dataset with the one prior, though not one that really upsets the apple cart of the oil bull,” Krishnan added. “The real story for oil this week is outside of these numbers: i.e. the near depletion of the global glut in crude amassed during the height of the pandemic last year versus new scares related to oil demand as India and Brazil see runaway infections and deaths from variants of the virus.”

Crude Stockpiles Climbed 594,000 Barrels Last Week: EIA

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