Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Energy Information Administration News

Saudi Arabia Halts Red Sea Oil Exports after Tanker Attacks

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Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was suspending oil shipments through a strategic Red Sea lane after Yemen's Iran-aligned rebels attacked two tankers in the waterway, underscoring the risk of an escalation in tensions in the region.Brent crude futures rose 59 cents to $74.52 a barrel by 1008 GMT, extending their rally into a third day but falling from a 10-day high in earlier trading.Saudi Arabia and arch-foe Iran have been locked in a three-year proxy war in Yemen…

Oil Prices Fall On U.S. Stock Rise, Higher Supply

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Oil benchmark Brent crude hit a three-month low on Wednesday after government data showed a rise in U.S. crude inventories and oil production, which highlighted increasing global supply and concerns over weak demand.Brent crude futures fell 33 cents to $71.83 a barrel by 10:55 a.m. EDT (1455 GMT). The contract hit a session low of $71.19 a barrel, its lowest since April 17.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 45 cents to $67.63 a barrel.U.S.

Oil Prices Fall on Record U.S. Output, Stock Build

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Oil prices fell on Thursday, pressured by a rising dollar and after official data showed an unexpected rise in U.S. crude stockpiles, U.S. output hit a record high and major oil exporters increased production.Benchmark Brent crude oil fell $1.07 to a low of $71.83 a barrel before recovering to trade around $72.35 by 1304 GMT. On Wednesday, Brent hit a three-month low of $71.19. U.S. light crude was 25 cents lower at $67.51.The U.S.

Oil Prices Rise After U.S. Crude Inventories Fall

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Oil prices rose for a second day on Wednesday after data showed U.S. crude inventories fell more than expected, easing worries about oversupply that have dragged on markets in recent weeks.Brent crude was up 40 cents, or 0.55 percent, at $73.84 a barrel by 1310 GMT, after gaining 0.5 percent on Tuesday. U.S. light crude was 20 cents higher at $68.72, having risen nearly 1 percent in the previous session.U.S.

Oil Prices Ease, but Brent Still Set for Weekly Gain

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Oil prices eased on Friday but Brent was still set to record a weekly gain helped by easing trade tensions and Saudi Arabia's decision to halt crude transport through a key shipping lane.Brent futures were down 9 cents at $74.45 a barrel by 1349 GMT but on track for the first weekly increase in four.U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures were 25 cents down at $69.37 and set for a fourth week…

Oil Futures Steady on Market's Long-term Bearish Focus

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Brent oil futures steadied under $74 a barrel on Friday as the market focused on bearish longer-term factors after gains in the previous session, which were driven by U.S. crude inventories in at a major hub falling to their lowest in nearly four years.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $68.86 per barrel at 1321 GMT, down 10 cents from their last settlement, while Brent crude futures were at $73.55 per barrel…

U.S. Crude Stockpiles Fall Less Than Expected - EIA

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U.S. crude stocks fell last week, while gasoline and distillate inventories rose, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.Crude inventories fell by 1.4 million barrels in the last week, compared with analysts' expectations for a decrease of 3.3 million barrels."The report was negative for prices with the smaller-than-expected drawdown in crude oil inventories and the decent sized rise in refined product inventories…

Oil Up as U.S. Sanctions on Iran Kick In

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Oil rose on Thursday, recouping some of the previous day's steep price slide, after the first round of U.S. sanctions against Iran came into effect, although confidence in crude demand has been hit by the escalating China-U.S. trade dispute.Brent crude futures were up 19 cents at $72.47 barrel by 1315 GMT, after having lost more than 3 percent on Wednesday. U.S. crude futures rose 6 cents to $67.00 a barrel…

Oil Falls on Weaker Economic Outlook, U.S. Stocks Rise

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A weaker global economic growth outlook and a report of rising U.S. crude inventories weighed on oil prices on Wednesday, even as U.S. sanctions threatened to curb Iranian crude supplies.Benchmark Brent crude oil was down 60 cents a barrel at $71.86 by 1325 GMT. U.S. light crude fell $1.02 a barrel to a low of $66.02, before recovering slightly to around $66.30, down 74 cents."Oil bears are taking their turn in the driving seat…

U.S. Crude Oil Stockpiles Rise Unexpectedly in Week - EIA

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U.S. crude stocks rose unexpectedly last week, while gasoline stocks decreased and distillate inventories grew, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.Crude inventories rose by 6.8 million barrels in the last week, compared with analysts' expectations for an decrease of 2.5 million barrels.Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub rose by 1.64 million barrels, EIA said.Refinery crude runs rose by 383,000 barrels per day, EIA data showed.

Oil Falls on Slowing Chinese Demand, US-China Trade Spat

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Oil prices fell on Wednesday after Chinese import data showed a slowdown in demand and as a trade dispute between Washington and Beijing escalated further.U.S. crude futures fell more than $1 per barrel to $68.13 after China said it was retaliating against U.S. tariffs by slapping additional import duties of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. goods, including oil and diesel .Front-month…

Big Crude Oil Margins Should Boost US Refiner Earnings

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U.S. refiners ran full-tilt in the second quarter, fueled by cheap domestic crude and fat margins that should boost earnings, though their heavy activity could eventually saturate the market with gasoline, sapping profits down the road.U.S. independent refiners, including Phillips 66 and Marathon Petroleum Corp, are expected to announce strong results due to the heavy discounts for U.S. and Canadian crude…

Baker Hughes Reports Slight Profit Miss

General Electric Co's oilfield services arm Baker Hughes on Friday reported a slight profit miss on weaker sales in its oilfield equipment and turbomachinery businesses, sending the company's shares down 2.4 percent.Revenue from its oilfield equipment business, which includes deepwater drilling, fell 9.4 percent to $617 million, missing analysts' estimate of $648.2 million.The Houston-based company…

US drillers add most oil rigs since May

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U.S. energy companies this week added the most oil rigs since May as drillers follow though on plans to spend more on exploration and production in anticipation of higher crude prices in 2018 than recent years.Drillers added 10 oil rigs in the week to Aug. 10, bringing the total count to 869, the highest level since March 2015, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday.That rig count increase occurred desite U.S.

U.S. Crude Inventories Down 6 mln barrels - EIA

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U.S. crude stocks fell last week, while gasoline and distillate inventories also declined, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.Crude inventories fell by 6.1 million barrels in the week to July 20, compared with analysts' expectations for a decrease of 2.3 million barrels.Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub fell by 1.1 million barrels, EIA said.Refinery crude runs rose by 46,000 barrels per day, EIA data showed.

Oil Prices Pare Gains After Earlier Rise on Saudi News

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Oil prices traded broadly unchanged on Thursday after an announcement that Saudi Arabia would suspend some oil shipping in the Red Sea had initially sent prices higher.Brent futures had risen 19 cents to $74.12 a barrel by 1305 GMT, extending their rally into a third day but slipping from a 10-day high in earlier trading.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 2 cents at $69.28, hovering around Wednesday's closing level.

Middle East Oil & Gas Shipping Routes are at Risk

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Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was suspending oil shipments through the Red Sea after Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two crude tankers, underscoring risks caused by the conflict in the world's top oil exporting region.Iran, in its row with the United States over sanctions, has also threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, the other major strategic shipping route for oil from the region…

U.S. Crude Inventories Rise Unexpectedly as Imports Jump - EIA

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U.S. crude stocks rose last week as imports jumped, while gasoline stocks decreased and distillate inventories rose, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.Crude inventories rose by 3.8 million barrels in the week to July 27, compared with analysts' expectations for a decrease of 2.8 million barrels.Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub fell by 1.3 million barrels, EIA said.Refinery crude runs rose by 195,000 barrels per day, EIA data showed.

Rising Supply Dents Oil Gains

Oil prices fell for a third day on Thursday, following a surprise increase in U.S. crude inventories that added to existing concern about the rapid rise in global crude supply.Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have increased production, as agreed at a meeting in June, to help to compensate for an anticipated shortfall in Iranian crude supplies once U.S. sanctions come…

Oil Fall Again, Rising Supplies Weighs

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Trade tensions cap gains as U.S. inventories jump, confounding expectations.Oil prices fell for a third day on Thursday, following a surprise increase in U.S. crude inventories that added to existing concern about the rapid rise in global crude supply.Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have increased production, as agreed at a meeting in June, to help to compensate for an anticipated shortfall in Iranian crude supplies once U.S.