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Crude Prices Fall Amid Rising Oil & Gasoline Inventories (USO)

03 March 2018

"For now though, the gains in US supply are prevailing in shaping sentiment in the oil market, other analysts said". In comments made last weekend, Khalid al-Falih said he expected the oil inventory overhang to persist until 2019.

"The market is not showing any obvious signs of turning around the mood".

Meantime, crude production cuts from the United Arab Emirates caused OPEC's monthly out-put to fall to a 10-month low in February. The February output figure amounts to the lowest since April 2017.

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The April contract expired on Wednesday down 1.3 percent.

"Rising global oil demand will be driven mainly by emerging markets, with non-OECD consumption rising by an average of 2.8 percent per year in 2018-19, which would be the fastest rate since 2013", the Economist Intelligence Unit's Birch said. Oilfield guards are protesting against low pay and the lack of additional benefits. This week it reported the weakest industrial output growth data since mid-2016. Stock markets slumped after President Donald Trump said he'll slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to protect national security. Currently, sanctions target separate individuals from the Nicolas Maduro government as well as a ban on US banks and other institutions buying Venezuelan debt. US crude output is set for a record in February, with the monthly average hitting 10.072 MMbpd, a Genscape report said Monday.

USA crude output slipped in the last month of 2017, but in November hit an all-time high of 10.057 million barrels per day.

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Analysts said oil prices.

Oil prices fell on Wednesday as weak Chinese and Japanese industrial data triggered concerns of an economic slowdown that could lower oil demand, and as an industry data report showed an increase in USA crude stockpiles amid soaring output.

Workers hired by U.S. oil and gas company Apache Corp drill a horizontal well in the Wolfcamp Shale in west Texas Permian Basin near the town of Mertzon, Texas, U.S., October 29, 2013.

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Oil prices were also under pressure as expectations for more aggressive rate hikes by the Federal Reserve this year pushed the US dollar higher. Powell's speech was seen as critical for markets at a time when many investors are nervous about the Fed's policy normalization following years of stimulus after the financial cri-sis nearly a decade ago. Refineries operated at 87.8 percent of capacity, processing 15.9 million bpd of crude. China in particular is expected to produce an average of 3.8 million bpd in 2018, down by 0.5 million bpd since 2015. But the United States could run into problems with more supply hitting the market, thus lowering prices and discouraging renewable energy-although renewables have significant problems to overcome-before reaching large-scale viability. The forecast gave additional support to fuel prices.

Crude Prices Fall Amid Rising Oil & Gasoline Inventories (USO)