Oil Prices Rise over US EIA Bullish Signal
03.08.2024 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

March 8, 2024 [Market Forces]- The global market prices of oil increased following a report that revealed a large drawdown in US crude investory The market faced pressures from various uncertainties affecting both the demand and supply sides.


Market data showed that West Texas Intermediate (WTI) gained traction with a similar price surge on ICE Brent crude oil price.

WTI prices rose above US$80 per barrel yesterday as the Energy Information Administration (EIA) inventory report showed a large drawdown for products, raising hopes for strong fuel demand for the upcoming driving season in the US, ING said in a note.

Saudi Arabia’s recent move to increase its official selling price for oil, along with OPEC+ members’ agreement to extend the supply cuts until mid-year, is also supporting the current uptrend.

The EIA’s weekly US inventory report for the oil market was somewhat bullish, according to analysts noted. US commercial crude oil inventories (excluding SPR) increased by 1.4 million barrels per day (mbpd) for the week ended on 1 March 2024 amid recovering refinery runs.

The market was anticipating an increase of around 1.7 mbpd, while API reported a build of just 0.4 mbpd. ING said when factoring in the SPR, the build was higher, with total US crude oil inventories increasing by around 2.1 mbpd.

Total US commercial crude oil stocks now stand at 448.5 mbpd, around 2% below the five-year average. Meanwhile, oil inventories at Cushing, Oklahoma, increased by 0.7MMbbls to 31.7 mbpd. Crude oil imports from the US increased by 0.84 mbpd to around 7.22 mbpd over the reporting week.

In refined product inventories, stocks of gasoline and distillate fuels decreased more than expected on rising fuel demand as the country heads towards the summer driving season.

Gasoline inventories fell by 4.5 mbpd, against a forecast for a drawdown of 1.1 mbpd. Distillate stockpiles also fell by 4.1 mbpd last week, much higher than the expectation of a decline of just 0.3 mbpd.

Meanwhile, refineries operated at 84.9% of their capacity following the restart of several refineries that completed maintenance, up from 81.5% in the previous week but 1.1% lower than the same period last year. Meanwhile, recent trade numbers from China show that crude oil imports in the country rose 3.3% year on year to 10.74 mbpd over the first two months of 2024.

However, the overall buying trend remains soft as the purchases were lower when compared to imports of 11.39 mbpd in December. China has been slowing its overseas purchases primarily due to slowing demand from refineries, weak economic indicators, and higher inventories.

Data from India’s Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell show that oil product consumption in February rose 5.7% to 19.7mt. This was led by strong gasoline consumption, which rose 8.9% to 3mt, while distillate demand also rose by 6.2% YoY to 7.4mt in the last month, ING said. #Oil Prices Rise over US EIA Bullish Signal Nigeria Bonds, Treasury Bills Yields Collide at 17.2%.


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