Crude oil inventories in the U.S. moved up during the week ended April 20, official data showed Wednesday.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration in its weekly crude oil report said U.S. commercial crude oil inventories increased by 4.00 million barrels to 373.00 million barrels last week, and are in the upper limit of the average range for this time of year.
The week before, crude oil inventories increased by 3.90 million barrels to 369.00 million barrels.
Meanwhile, total motor gasoline inventories moved down by 2.20 million barrels last week, after decreasing 3.70 million barrels in the prior week, but are in the upper limit of the average range.
Analysts were expecting crude oil inventories to gain 1.50 million barrels while gasoline stocks are seen dipping by 500,000 barrels last week.
Late Tuesday, data from the API revealed that U.S. crude oil inventories moved down by 985,000 barrels and gasoline stocks dipped by 3.60 million barrels in the week ended April 20.
Oil refinery inputs averaged just under 14.50 million barrels per day during the week, which were 23,000 barrels per day above the previous week's average as refineries operated at 84.70 percent of their operable capacity.
Meantime, U.S. crude oil imports during the week averaged 8.80 million barrels per day last week, up by 48,000 barrels per day from the previous week, official data revealed. Over the last four weeks, imports have averaged 8.90 million barrels per day, which were 235,000 barrels per day above the same four-week period last year.
Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) futures for June delivery are adding $0.31 to $103.86 a barrel.
by RTT Staff Writer
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