Oil Rises on Lower Crude Inventories and Higher Durable Goods

West Texas Intermediate rose, narrowing its discount to Brent, on speculation inventories at Cushing, Oklahoma, decreased for an eighth time last week and on a gain in orders for durable goods.

Prices climbed as much as 0.6 percent. Stocks at the delivery point may have dropped from a two-year low in the week ended March 21, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg before an Energy Information Administration report today. The American Petroleum Institute said yesterday that Cushing stockpiles fell 1.03 million barrels last week. WTI also climbed as a report showed U.S. durable-goods orders rose more than forecast last month.

“We are looking for Cushing supplies to continue falling, which is putting upward pressure on WTI,” said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research in Winchester, Massachusetts. “It’s surprising that WTI and Brent prices haven’t come in more because of the Cushing supply change.”

WTI for May delivery gained 57 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $99.76 a barrel at 9:02 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Trading was less than half the 100-day average for the time of day.

Brent for May settlement gained 29 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $107.28 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The European benchmark crude was at a premium of $7.52 to WTI, down from yesterday’s $7.80.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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