Oil extends gains as API report shows U.S. stockpile drop

Oil extends gains as API report shows U.S. stockpile drop

Oil extended its advance as industry knowledge showed U.S. crude stockpiles declined last week, trimming an inventory overhang.

February futures rose as much as 0.9% in new york once climbing 0.5% on tuesday. Crude inventories dropped by 4.15 MMbbl, the american petroleum Institute was said to report. That compares with a forecast 2.5-MMbbl decrease expected in Wednesday’s Energy data Administration report. libya reopened 2 of its biggest oil fields and is about to load the first crude cargo in 2 years from its largest export terminal.

Oil has traded close to $50/bbl since the Organization of petroleum exporting Countries agreed Nov. 30 to cut output for the primary time in eight years. Non-OPEC producers including Russia will trim offer. U.S. crude inventories, at the highest seasonal level since the EIA began compiling weekly knowledge in 1982, are projected to decrease for a fifth week.

“The API statistics is taken as a positive,” said olivier Jakob, managing director of Zug, Switzerland-based consultants Petromatrix GmbH. “When we return to a full market in early Jan, if libya is so back, we expect that it'll begin to weigh on speculative sentiment.”

West texas Intermediate for Feb delivery gained as much as 49 cents to $53.79/bbl on the new york Mercantile Exchange and was at $53.54 at 10:13 a.m. in London. The Jan contract expired tuesday after adding 11 cents to $52.23. Total volume traded was concerning 400th below the 100-day average.

U.S. Stockpiles

Brent for Feb settlement rose as much as 52 cents, or 0.9%, to $55.87/bbl on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The contract climbed 43 cents to $55.35 on weekday. the world benchmark crude traded at a premium of $2.06 to WTI.

Crude stockpiles at cushing, Oklahoma, the delivery purpose for WTI and the biggest U.S. oil-storage hub, increased by 609,000 bbl last week, the API reported weekday, according to a person familiar with the information.