West Texas Intermediate declined for a third day after U.S. crude inventories increased while tension in Ukraine continued to ease. Brent was little changed.
Futures dropped as much as 0.9 percent in New York to their lowest intraday level since Feb. 18. Crude stockpiles gained for a seventh week while supplies at Cushing in Oklahoma, the delivery point for WTI contracts, slid to the lowest level in two years with the opening of a new pipeline. European Union leaders quarreled over how to tame Russia after its military moves in Ukraine.
“Crude has been falling since Monday as the geo-political risk drops off,” Thina Saltvedt, an analyst at Oslo-based Nordea Markets, said by phone. “The Ukraine risk premium has disappeared for now as we are at least getting dialogue between Russia and the West.”