Oil Rises After 6.9 Million Barrel Drawdown in US

Oil prices pared their earlier declines Thursday after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that domestic crude supplies dropped 6.9 million barrels for the week ended Jan. 12. Analysts surveyed by S&P Global Platts had forecast a fall of 425,000 barrels, while the American Petroleum Institute on Wednesday reported a drop of 5.1 million barrels.

West Texas Intermediate graph

Gasoline stockpiles climbed by 3.6 million barrels for the week, while distillate stockpiles declined by 3.9 million barrels, according to the EIA. The S&P Global Platts survey forecast a supply rise of 2.7 million barrels for gasoline and a fall of 850,000 barrels for distillates. February crude CLG8, +0.27% was down 27 cents, or 0.4%, to $63.70 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, but that was up from $63.52 before the supply data.

via MarketWatch

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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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