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WTI Crude Oil Prices Weaken as EIA Reports Build in US Gasoline Inventories

WTI Crude Oil Prices Weaken as EIA Reports Build in US Gasoline Inventories

Posted Thursday, April 8, 2021 by
Arslan Butt • 1 min read

Early on Thursday, WTI crude oil is trading bearish, with prices driven lower by a surprising build in US gasoline inventories over the previous week, raising fears that oil demand is still impacted by the effects of the pandemic. At the time of writing, WTI crude oil is trading at around $59.47 per barrel.

The latest downslide in crude oil prices was driven by the release of the EIA report in the previous session. Although the EIA reported a decline in crude stockpiles in the US over the past week by almost 3.5 million barrels, gasoline stockpiles climbed 4 million barrels higher over the period, going against economists’ forecast.

In addition, oil markets are also worried about the prospects of rising crude production even as demand continues to remain weak. In the initial few days of the current month, Russia’s oil output has been on the rise when compared to production levels seen last month.

Meanwhile, OPEC+ has also signaled interest in increasing crude supply by as much as 2 million bpd by July. Even though economists anticipate an improvement in the overall outlook for the global economy this year, which could raise oil demand, there remain considerable uncertainties owing to the recent spike in cases being seen across Europe as well as emerging markets like Brazil and India.

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Arslan Butt // Index & Commodity Analyst
Arslan Butt is our Lead Commodities and Indices Analyst. Arslan is a professional market analyst and day trader. He holds an MBA in Behavioral Finance and is working towards his Ph.D. Before joining FX Leaders Arslan served as a senior analyst in a major brokerage firm. Arslan is also an experienced instructor and public speaker.
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