Crude Inventories Fall Sharply, Price Up Slightly

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly petroleum status report this morning. U.S. commercial crude inventories fell by 5.4 million barrels last week, bringing the total U.S. commercial crude inventory to 360.7 million barrels, above the upper limit of the five-year range for this time of the year. Dow Jones had estimated a rise of 200,000 barrels.

The American Petroleum Institute estimate called for a weekly crude inventory decline of 6 million barrels and an increase of 869,000 barrels to the gasoline supply. Crude prices, which had been slipping today, are up about 0.1% on the inventory drop.

Total gasoline inventories decreased by 1 million barrels last week and remain in the lower half of the five-year average range. Dow Jones estimated a drop of just 400,000 barrels. Over the past four weeks, gasoline supplied has declined by2.2% compared to the same period last year. Total motor gasoline supplied averaged 9 million barrels a day for the four weeks a drop of 1.7% compared with the same period a year ago.

For the past week, crude imports averaged 8.2 million barrels a day, a drop of 510,000 barrels from the previous week. Refineries were running at 91.2% of capacity, with daily input of 15.4 million barrels a day, down by 273,000 barrels a day from the previous week.

Distillate inventories, which include diesel fuel, rose by 1 million barrels last week and are below the lower limit of the average range. Dow Jones had estimated a 700,000 barrel increase. Distillate product supplied averaged 3.7 million barrels a day last week, down 4.4% when compared with the same period last year. Distillate production totaled 4.7 million barrels a day last week.

The United States Oil ETF (NYSEMKT: USO) is up 0.3% at $36.10 in a 52-week range of $29.02-$42.30.

The United States Gasoline ETF (NYSEMKT: UGA) is up 0.6% at $58.98 in a 52-week range of $44.65-$59.22.

Paul Ausick

Filed under: 24/7 Wall St. Wire, Oil & Gas, Research Tagged: UGA, USO
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