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US crude stocks dip, but gasoline, distillate levels rise – EIA

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US crude stocks were expected by decrease by 1 million barrels last week.  On Wednesday, the EIA reported a drop of 2.4 million barrels last week. Getty Images photo.

US crude stocks fell by 2.4 million barrels

By David Gaffen

Dec 7 (Reuters) – U.S. crude stockpiles fell last week despite a hefty build at the Cushing, Oklahoma hub while gasoline and distillate inventories rose as refining rates picked up, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.

Crude inventories fell 2.4 million barrels in the week ended Dec. 2, compared with analyst expectations for a draw of 1 million barrels.

A heavy decline in U.S. Gulf Coast inventories pulled overall crude stocks down, as the PADD 3 region saw a 6.9 million-barrel drawdown.

Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub for U.S. crude futures, however, jumped by 3.8 million barrels, EIA said.

Prices across the energy complex fell on the data, pointing to the larger-than-expected increase in product inventories in what has so far been a mild December across most of the United States.

“The report was bearish despite the overall crude oil draw down,” said John Kilduff, partner at energy hedge fund Again Capital LLC in New York.

“Refined product inventories rose by a substantial amount, due to elevated refining activity, back above 90 percent utilization, and lowered demand, especially for gasoline.”

Refinery crude runs rose 134,000 barrels per day as utilization rates gained 0.6 percentage point to 90.4 per cent of total capacity, EIA data showed.

Gasoline stocks rose 3.4 million barrels, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.9 million-barrel gain.

Distillate stockpiles, which include diesel and heating oil, increased by 2.5 million barrels, versus expectations for a 1.8 million-barrel increase, the EIA data showed.

“The solid builds to the products, despite being a seasonal trend, are helping to usher the crude complex lower,” said Matt Smith, director of commodity research at ClipperData in Louisville, Kentucky.

By 10:50 a.m. (1550 GMT), U.S. crude futures fell 94 cents, or 1.8 per cent, to $49.99 a barrel, while Brent crude was down 1.3 per cent, or 72 cents, to $53.21 a barrel. U.S. RBOB gasoline dropped 1.3 per cent to $1.516 a gallon.

U.S. crude imports rose last week by 730,000 barrels per day. (Reporting By David Gaffen; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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