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US oil prices climb to highest since mid-2015 on surprise output drop - EIA

Gasoil News - Published on Wed, 03 Jan 2018

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Reuters reprted that US oil prices hit their highest levels since mid-2015 on the last trading day of the year as an unexpected fall in American production, as well as a fall in commercial crude inventories, stoked buying. In international markets, Brent crude oil futures were also up, supported by ongoing supply cuts by top producers OPEC and Russia.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at USD 60.16 a barrel at 0210 GMT, up 33 cents or 0.5 percent from their last close. The rise saw WTI hitting its highest level since June 2015 on the final trading day of 2017.

Brent crude futures - the international benchmark for oil prices - were also up, rising 33 cents or 0.5 percent to $66.49 a barrel. Brent broke through USD 67 earlier this week for the first time since May 2015.

According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released late, the price rises were driven by a surprise drop in U.S. oil production , which last week dipped to 9.754 million barrels per day (bpd), down from 9.789 million bpd the previous week.

US output is still up by almost 16 percent since mid-2016, but most analysts had expected production to break through 10 million bpd by the end of this year - a level only surpassed by top exporter Saudi Arabia and top producer Russia.

WTI prices were further boosted by a fall in U.S. commercial crude storage levels, which dropped by 4.6 million barrels in the week to Dec. 22 to 431.9 million barrels, according to the EIA.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 03 Jan 2018
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