Oil prices fell on Wednesday after the release of the US weekly crude inventories. The report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed a larger than expected buildup of 6.5 million barrels, when the forecast called for a small drawdown of 1.5 million barrels. Yesterday the API oil inventory report came in with a -2.1 million barrels setting the market for a surprise.
West Texas Intermediate is trading under $70 as crude prices have been hit by the bigger than expected buildup in the US.
Supply and demand have been in the background this week as the disappearance of a Jamal Khashoggi has put the spotlight on Saudi Arabia and not in a good way. The Kingdom does not take criticism lightly and issued some statements that have since been walked back as cooler heads have prevailed.
Iranian sanctions have created supply anxiety and Saudi Arabia as the de facto leader of OPEC has not increased production to the US President’s liking as prices rose. Higher inventories will put less pressure on Saudi Arabia on the supply side, as the diplomatic tension continues to be high ahead of the Future Investment Initiative next week.
Rhetoric and diplomacy will guide the oil market for the remainder of the week as more information is known on the whereabouts of the missing journalist and the different official statements from world leaders on the issue.
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