Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Oil Rises After Industry Report Shows U.S. Gasoline Supply Drop

Crude oil rose in New York after an industry-funded report showed a drop in U.S. gasoline stockpiles, renewing optimism of increasing fuel demand in the world’s largest crude consumer. Oil pared part of yesterday’s 2.1 percent decline after the American Petroleum Institute said gasoline supplies fell 3.19 million barrels last week. Crude has dropped 20 percent since reaching $87.15 a barrel on May 3, the highest intraday price in more than a year. U.S. equities erased losses in the final minutes of trading, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing 0.2 percent lower after plunging 292 points.

“The drop in the gasoline inventories has brought optimism back to the market,” said Serene Lim, an energy and commodity strategist with Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. “Crude prices have been oversold the past two weeks so that is opening up some buying opportunities.” Crude oil for July delivery rose as much as $1.38, or 2 percent, to $70.13 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and traded at $69.27 at 2:03 p.m. Singapore time. Yesterday, the contract fell $1.46 to $68.75 after dropping as much as 4.4 percent.

“A drop in gasoline supplies almost always gives the energy markets reason to trade higher,” said Mike Sander, an investment adviser a Sander Capital Advisors in Seattle. “Oil is also up after the Dow Jones rallied in trading at the end of its session. With such a positive reversal, the price of oil received a boost”....Read the entire article.


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