Thursday, June 9, 2016

U.S. Crude Reserves Fall, Oil Hits 2016 Highs

Oil has recorded near 10-Month high as U.S. crude stockpiles decline, U.S. oil inventories fell 3.23 million barrels last week. It was also affected by disruptions in producing countries like Canada and Nigeria.

Futures were stable in New York, it just recorded an earlier increase of 0.9%, after settling on Wednesday at the highest since July 15. Crude stockpiles dropped by 3.23 million barrels last week to the lowest in two months, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday. A new wildfire prompted Canadian oil producers Cenovus Energy Inc. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to shut production.

Crude has surged more than 95% from a 12-year low in February amid unexpected disruptions and a steady slide in U.S. output, which is under pressure from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ policy of pumping without limits. Militant attacks have hobbled production in OPEC member Nigeria.

West Texas Intermediate for July delivery traded 12 cents lower at $51.11 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 9:23 a.m. London time, having risen as much 44 cents to $51.67. Total volume traded was about 20 percent below the 100-day average. The contract rose 87 cents, or 1.7 percent, to close at $51.23 on Wednesday, the highest since July 15.

International Brent crude oil futures hit a high of $52.86 a barrel, and were up 23 cents at $52.74 a barrel at 0700 GMT. U.S. crude hit a fresh high of $51.67 and was up 33 cents higher at $51.56 a barrel.

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