Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Crude Oil Declines for a Fifth Day as U.S. Crude Stockpiles Forecast to Increase

Crude oil declined the most in six weeks as the International Energy Agency boosted its forecast for non OPEC supplies and U.S. inventories were estimated to climb, raising concern that the markets are oversupplied. Oil fell as much as 1.6 percent on the IEA forecast that production would expand in countries such as Canada, the U.K. and Russia as it kept the global demand outlook little changed. U.S. crude stockpiles may advance for an 11th week, the longest stretch of consecutive increases since December 2004, according to a Bloomberg News survey of analysts.

“We’re seeing a lot of growth out of the U.S., Russia and Canada, responding to high prices,” said Brad Samples, a commodity analyst for Summit Energy Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky. “Investments that were made leading up to 2008 are coming to fruition.”
Crude oil for May delivery lost $1.67, or 2 percent, to $82.67 a barrel at 10:27 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was the biggest one day decline since Feb. 25. Prices have risen 65 percent in the past year. Crude oil peaked at a record $147.27 a barrel in July 2008.

Countries outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will raise output by 600,000 barrels a day this year to average 52 million barrels a day, the IEA said in its monthly market report today. That’s 220,000 barrels a day more than estimated last month. The agency’s global oil demand forecast was 30,000 barrels a day higher than in last month’s report. Non OPEC producers pump about 60 percent of the world’s oil.....Read the entire article.

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