Oil drops 2% on US stock build

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WASHINGTON:

Oil prices fell 2% on Thursday, largely unwinding an earlier rally, as massive weekly gasoline and distillate stock builds overshadowed a larger-than-expected crude stock draw.

Brent crude fell by $1.57, or 2%, to $79.01 a barrel by 11:23 am EDT, after earlier rising over $1. US West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell $1.47, or 2%, to $73.57.

Low fuel demand and large inventory increases in data from the US Energy Information Administration weighed on prices.

Read High prices drive down oil demand

Gasoline stocks rose by 10.9 million barrels to 237 million barrels, their highest week-on-week rise in more than 30 years.

Distillate stocks rose last week by 10.1 million barrels to 125.9 million barrels. Distillate product supplied, a proxy for demand, fell to its lowest level since 1999.

While crude inventories drew by 5.5 million barrels, much of that reflects shipping disruptions, said Bob Yawger, Director of Energy Futures at Mizuho.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 5th, 2024.

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