Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oil prices settle lower as U.S. output hits 2-year high


EIA data show U.S. crude output topped 9.5 mln bbls a day last week

Oil settled lower Wednesday after the Energy Information Administration report revealed a weekly climb in domestic production to the highest level in over two years. 

The government data also showed the largest weekly decline in U.S. crude supplies since September of last year and they have now fallen seven weeks in a row, but those figures failed to offer any lasting price support for oil during the session. 

September West Texas Intermediate crude CLU7, +0.26%  shed 77 cents, or 1.6%, to settle at $46.78 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The decline marked the third-consecutive loss for WTI, which stands at its lowest finish since July 24, according to FactSet data. October Brent crude LCOV7, +0.44%  on London’s ICE Futures fell 53 cents, or 1%, to $50.27 a barrel.

Data from the Energy Information Administration on Wednesday showed a rise of 79,000 barrels a day in total crude-oil production to 9.502 million barrels a day last week. That was the highest output figure since mid-July 2015, according to EIA figures, based on weekly reports.
U.S. production “increased at a pretty good clip,” and demand for gasoline and distillates was also down, said Tariq Zahir, a managing member at Tyche Capital Advisors.

The EIA also said, however, that supplies of crude oil for the week ended Aug. 11 fell by 8.9 million barrels. That was more than double than the decline of 3.6 million barrels expected by analysts polled by S&P Global Platts, but below the 9.2 million-barrel decrease reported by the American Petroleum Institute late Tuesday

“A combination of record refinery runs for the time of year and strong exports have encouraged the largest draw to crude inventories in eleven months,” said Matt Smith, director of commodity research at ClipperData.

Troy Vincent, an oil analyst at ClipperData, said that his outlook for significant supply draws throughout August “points to a continuation of this expanding year-on-year deficit in the coming weeks.”

Gasoline stockpiles were unchanged for the week, while distillate stockpiles lost 700,000 barrels last week, according to the EIA. The S&P Global Platts survey showed expectations for declines of 400,000 barrels for gasoline stockpiles and 700,000 barrels for distillates, which include heating oil.

Looking ahead, “the peak of summer driving season has now passed, and demand for crude will also wane as refinery runs drop,” said Smith. “Gasoline demand will ebb as summer road trips are mostly over and children head back to school.”

On Nymex, gasoline for September RBU7, +0.31%  fell 1.6 cents, or 1%, to $1.564 a gallon, while September heating oil HOU7, +0.19%  ended at $1.574 a gallon, down 2.5 cents, or 1.6%. 

September natural gas NGU17, +0.10%  fell 4.5 cents, or 1.5%, to $2.89 per million British thermal units ahead of its own U.S. supply update due Thursday from the EIA.

In related news, the U.S. Energy Department announced Tuesday that it will put 14 million barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve up for sale later this month under the crude-oil sales offer programs announced in 2015 and 2016.

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