Wednesday, August 25, 2010

AP: Crude Oil Reserves Expected to Grow

The government is expected to report Wednesday a 1.1 million barrel increase in commercial crude oil supplies for the week ended Aug. 20, according to a survey by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.

The Energy Information Administration releases its weekly report at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

Platts said analysts predicted gasoline stockpiles will shrink by 875,000 barrels, distillate stocks, including diesel and heating oil, will increase by 950,000 barrels and refinery utilization will dip by 0.5 percentage point to 89.5 percent.

A reading above or below estimates can influence market trading.

For the week that ended Aug. 13, the department said crude supplies shrank by 800,000 barrels to 354.2 million barrels; gasoline inventories were nearly unchanged at 223.3 million barrels and inventories of distillate fuel rose by 1.1 million barrels to 174.2 million barrels.


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