OECD Inventories Below 5-Year Average According to IEA

Commercial oil stocks in industrialized economies have fallen to their lowest level in three years, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday, in the latest sign that the global supply glut has been mopped up and the market rebalanced.In its closely watched monthly oil market report, the IEA said commercial oil inventories for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries declined in March by 26.8 million barrels month-on-month to 62.819 billion barrels. That’s 1 million barrels below the latest five-year average metric widely used by oil market participants to assess the rebalancing process.The IEA suggested the drawdown in stocks was evidence that efforts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to cut crude output had succeeded in clearing up excess global supply that has weighed on the oil market since late 2014.

Source: Global Oil Stocks Fall to Three-Year Low, IEA Says – WSJ

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst - UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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