West Texas Intermediate crude fell for the second time in three days after industry data showed fuel supplies increased in the U.S., the world’s largest oil consumer. Brent was little changed in London.
Futures dropped as much as 0.9 percent in New York. Gasoline and distillate inventories each expanded by 400,000 barrels last week, the American Petroleum Institute was said to report yesterday. Government data today is forecast to show stockpiles of the motor fuel shrank by 1.4 million barrels, according to a Bloomberg News survey. WTI’s moving averages have formed a “death cross,” a bearish chart signal.
“The API figures indicate a rise in stockpiles at the end of driving season,” Thina Saltvedt, an Oslo-based analyst at Nordea Bank AB, said today by telephone. “The market has reacted and is now waiting to see what the weekly inventories will show.”
WTI for October delivery slid as much as 89 cents to $94.65 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at $95 at 1:09 p.m. London time. The contract climbed 2.9 percent to $95.54 yesterday, the biggest gain since August 2013. The volume of all futures traded was about 6 percent below the 100-day average. Prices have decreased 3.5 percent this year.
Brent for October settlement fell 9 cents to $102.68 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. It advanced 2.4 percent yesterday. The European benchmark crude traded at a premium of $7.68 to WTI, compared with $7.23 yesterday.
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