Oil Consolidates Near 6-Month Tops ahead of EIA Report

Oil Consolidates Near 6-Month Tops ahead of EIA Report

18 May 2016, 08:31
Roberto Jacobs
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Oil Consolidates Near 6-Month Tops ahead of EIA Report

Oil benchmarks on both sides of Atlantic take a breather from the overnight upsurge and trades modestly flat as attention now turns towards the EIA inventory report and FOMC minutes due later today.

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Currently, both crude benchmarks keep gains, with Brent up 0.28% at $ 49.42 while WTI oil climbs +0.41% to $ 48.51. The black gold eases-off multi-month highs, although trades within the upper bound of yesterday’s trading range, as upside appears capped amid broad based US dollar rebound.

However, oil prices continue to remain underpinned on the back of ongoing supply disruption news, while bullish API report released late-Tuesday also lends support to the recent oil-price rally. The API report showed that crude inventories in the US fell by 1.1 million barrels for the week ended May 13.

Later today, the EIA will publish its stockpiles data, with markets predicting a fall of 3.1 million barrels in US crude reserves, following a decline of 3.4 million barrels a week before.

Analysts at ANZ noted, "The EIA inventory data will be key to price action. Any further decline in stockpiles could see oil's run higher continue."


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