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Rise in oil prices

Reuters
Thursday, February 08, 2018

SINGAPORE - Oil prices rose on Wednesday amid a recovery in global stock markets, supported by a report that US crude inventories fell last week.

Brent crude futures were at $67.29 per barrel at 0135 GMT, up 43 cents, or 0.6 per cent, from the previous close.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $63.89 a barrel. That was up 50 cents, or 0.8 per cent, from their last settlement.

The higher oil futures came after stock markets recovered some of their steep losses of previous days.

The market was supported by a report by the American Petroleum Institute (API) saying that US crude inventories fell by 1.1 million barrels in the week to February 2 to 418.4 million barrels, traders said.

A group of oil producers around OPEC and Russia have been withholding supplies since last year in order to tighten supplies and prop up prices.

The cuts are set to last through 2018.

"Evidence points to a global inventory market that has arguably already balanced — with days of forward cover in the low single digits or possibly even lower — which should support the spot price going forward," said Richard Robinson, manager of the Ashburton Global Energy fund.

Other analysts, however, warned of the risk of lower oil prices.

In the short-term, there is an expected demand slowdown due to refinery maintenances at the end of the northern hemisphere winter season.

"The combination of rising risk-aversion and fading short-term fundamental support continues to put downward pressure on oil," said Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank.

Looming over oil markets is rising US crude production, which has already soared by 18 per cent to almost 10 million barrels per day (bpd), and which the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects to rise to an average of 10.59 million bpd in 2018.

By 2019, the EIA says US crude production will rise to 11.18 million bpd. That would be more than top producer Russia, which pumped on average 10.98 million bpd out of the ground in 2017.








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