Brent $46.85 down $1.62; WTI $45.03 down $1.77.
Following last night's surprising inventory builds (from API), DOE once again totally dismissed the headline with a 2.55mm draw. However, the numbers are all over the place with major builds in gasoline (1.2mm) and distillates (+4.058mm - the biggest in six months). Last week's plunge in crude production (Alaska-driven) was followed by a 0.6% surge in production this week - biggest since Oct 2015. Crude prices had extended their post-API losses into the DOE data, kneejerked higher on the hesadline then plunged on production and distillates.
- Crude +2.2mm (-3mm exp)
- Cushing -166k (-900k exp)
- Gasoline +1.5mm
- Distillates +2.6mm
- Crude -2.55mm (-3mm exp)
- Cushing -232k (-900k exp)
- Gasoline +1.21mm
- Distillates +4.06mmBiggest Distillates build in 6 months but the 8th week in a row of crude draws...
Last week's big plunge in US crude production (driven by a seasonal collapse in Alaska) was followed by a bounce back biggest rise since Oct 2015...