Oil Falls as Inventories Surge

Oil extended losses after a government report showed that U.S. crude supplies surged the most in almost 14 years.

Inventories rose 10.1 million barrels in the week ended Jan. 16, the biggest gain since March 2001, according to the Energy Information Administration. Refineries operated at 85.5 percent of their capacity, the lowest level since April 2013 as units were idled for maintenance. Imports from Canada were more than 3 million barrels a day for a third week.

“There’s a clear bearish combination here, with ongoing robust imports from Canada and a sharp decline in refinery activity for planned seasonal maintenance,” Tim Evans, an energy analyst at Citi Futures Perspective in New York, said by phone. “We’re close to a modern-day record for crude supplies. There’s clearly too much oil.”

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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