Oil bounced above $63 a barrel on Wednesday to claw back some of the previous day’s 6 percent plunge, lifted by a report of an unexpected decline in U.S. crude inventories.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) said on Tuesday that U.S. crude stocks last week fell by 1.5 million barrels, easing concerns for now that a supply glut is building up.
“The move yesterday was extremely sharp; after such moves you expect to have some rebound,” said Olivier Jakob, analyst at Petromatrix. “The API reported a stock draw – it is not a big one but at least it’s not a 10-million-barrel build.”
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