Oil Rises After US Crude Production Seen Slowing

Oil prices rallied on Monday, with U.S crude up more than 3 percent, amid a jump in gasoline prices and on concerns that U.S. crude production may slow as drilling steadily declines.

Global oil benchmark Brent gained 2 percent, narrowing its premium over U.S. crude to below the $2 a barrel level due to improved fundamentals for U.S. crude.

Gasoline futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange were up over 3 percent after a fire was reported on Saturday at an unit of Husky Energy’s 155,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Lima, Ohio.

The premium for refining gasoline from crude, known as the gasoline crack, reached its highest in nearly two weeks, rising a combined 17 percent over two sessions.

In crude oil, market intelligence firm Genscape added to positive sentiment by estimating a draw of nearly 810,000 barrels in the week ending Sept. 15 from storage tanks at Cushing, Oklahoma, the main delivery point for U.S. crude futures, traders who have seen the data said.

via Reuters

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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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